Gunners prepare January move for emerging French talent

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Arsenal are being linked with a January move for French defender Mamadou Sakho.

The Paris Saint-Germain centre back, who can also play in the left back position, has been earning rave reviews in Ligue 1 this season, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to have made the player his number one target in January.

Sakho joined the PSG youth setup in 2002, but didn't make his debut for Les Rouge-et-Bleu until 2007. After three seasons at the Parc des Princes, the defender has won Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France honours and has been a mainstay in the side for the last two seasons.

Arsenal are thought to be in the market for a defender after news that Thomas Vermaelen's injury is more serious than first thought, and Wenger has been linked with a number of players.

Sakho, Phil Jagielka, Per Mertesacker and Gary Cahill are all being linked, but claim that the French reports name the PSG defender as the priority for Arsenal.

The 20-year-old defender could make his France debut against England at Wembley tomorrow night, and with his contract set to expire in 2012 it appears Arsenal have a good chance of making a deal for the player.

Wenger hinted at potential January transfers to bolster his defence at the Emirates, and the Gunners boss has money to spend after bumper Arsenal profits were recently revealed.

Neither club has commented on the speculation, but Arsenal's French manager has a reputation for developing young talent in north London and could look to do the same with Sakho.

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