Arsenal and Villa to battle for Congolese defender

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Arsenal are now in the hunt for Blackburn's giant defender Chris Samba, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Congolese centre-half has previously voiced his concern to the Blackburn hierarchy about his desire to leave Ewood Park for a bigger club and that has alerted a host of Premier League clubs who are looking to strengthen their side.

Manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to strengthen his squad after losing Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastien Squillaci to injury. Champions League football begins again soon when Arsenal face Barcelona and Wenger is wary of the amount of football his depleted defensive line will be forced to play.

Aston Villa have previously been linked with the 26 year-old who has scored 12 goals in 126 league games since moving from Hertha Berlin nearly four years ago.

Blackburn are thought to be asking for a fee of around £6million for Samba and with Villa having spent £18million on Darren Bent and £5million on Jean Makoun, it seems unlikely they will be making another big money signing this transfer window.

Despite having been born in France, Samba represents the Congolese national football team, winning the first of his twenty caps in 2004.

Arsenal were also reportedly interested in Bolton's Gary Cahill, but Wanderers' manager Owen Coyle has slapped a crazy pricetag on the promising defender.

Coyle said: "Gary Cahill is a player I want at this football club for a long time to come. If someone comes in with £25 million, any football club would have to look at that."

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