Gunners prepare €5m discount move for out-of-favour former Liverpool defender target

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Arsenal are being linked with a January move for Roma defender Philippe Mexes.

The French international centre back has been on the radar of Barclays Premier League clubs, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tracking the player for several seasons now.

Former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was also thought to be keen on the player, with the Reds reportedly sending scouts to watch Mexes in the later months of last year.

Wenger has previously been reluctant to make additions in the January transfer window, but with a defender crisis currently engulfing his Arsenal side the Emirates chief is willing to spend to find cover in the position.


Mexes, whose contract ends with the Serie 'A' outfit in the summer, appears to be surplus to requirements at the Stadio Olimpico, and his availability provides the Arsenal manager with a chance to land the player at a discount fee.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have big money to spend this month following the arrival of NESV as the club's new owners at the end of the summer, with John W. Henry set to offer Kenny Dalglish a war chest in the region of £35 million.

The Reds' interest in the player in currently unknown with King Kenny at the Anfield helm, and it appears unlikely that Liverpool will challenge the Gunners should they make a move in the coming 13 days.

Gary Cahill, Per Mertesacker and Chris Samba have also been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks, but former Auxerre ace Mexes now appears to be favourite for an Arsenal switch out of the centre back targets.

With Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastian Squillaci currently out-of-action, Mexes would automatically go into the first team fold at Arsenal.

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