Christopher Samba is on the verge of a move to Arsenal, according to reports.
The Congolese international has been a long-term target at the Emirates stadium, with Arsene Wenger believed to be tracking the player's progress with Blackburn Rovers for over a year.
On the day that Phil Jones completed his move to Manchester United, Rovers now appear to be facing a battle to keep their captain as the Islington Gazette claims the Gunners are 'on the verge' of capturing Samba.
The report goes on to claim that Arsenal will re-open talks with Steve Kean's side over a £12 million move later in the week, following up their interest from January, when the north London outfit failed to land the 27-year-old.
Wenger is known to be in the transfer market for a defender this summer, and revealed that he would be looking to spend in the transfer window should the 'right' players become available to Arsenal.
Having missed out on Jones but strengthened for the future with the addition of Carl Jenkinson, Arsenal have now set their sights on the powerful African centre back in a bid to challenge for trophies next season.
Injuries wrecked havoc to the Gunners' challenge on four fronts last term, with the long term absence of Thomas Vermaelen a major hindrance to the Arsenal cause.
However, the addition of Samba alongside Vermaelen could provide strength in a previous area of weakness for Arsenal at the Emirates, and prove a major stepping stone towards a Barclays Premier League title challenge when the season kicks-off again in August.
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