Gunners set to replace Gallas with yet another French defender

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Arsenal have targeted Lorient centre back Laurent Koscielny as a replacement for William Gallas, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

Koscielny, 24, has been hugely impressive for the French side, leading them to a seventh placed finish, after moving from Tours for £1.2 million last summer.

Due to the level of his performances, though, his value has soared to around £8 million but Wenger might be willing to splash the cash to pair him with Thomas Vermaelen.

Despite being born in France, Koscielny has applied for Polish citizenship to give him more international options but is yet to decide where his allegiances lie.

Wenger is currently in the market for another centre back as he faces a defensive exodus with Gallas, Mikael Silvestre, Sol Campbell and Johan Djourou all expected to leave soon.

Bolton Wanderers have already ruled out a possible transfer of Gary Cahill while Werder Bremen have done similar with Per Mertesacker so Koscielny could be the cheapest option available.

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