Arsenal target Christopher Samba has told current club Blackburn Rovers he wants to join the Gunners according to The Sun.
The 27-year-old South African international has stunned the club where he signed a new long-term contract until 2015 back in January, by declaring his desire to leave.
Arsene Wenger is known to be in the market for defensive additions, and is highly anticipated to renew interest in a player that almost moved to the Emirates Stadium in the mid-season window.
Having already lost Samba's defensive partner Phil Jones to Manchester United, Blackburn will be desperate to keep hold of the commanding Gunners target.
Anuradha Desai, a chairperson of Rovers' owners Venkys, confirmed, "We don't want to let Chris go. I'm confident that we can keep him and I hope he'll stay.
"I know he has an ambition to play for Arsenal but I hope we can keep him for another year at least and prove our own ambition."
Arsenal have also been linked with summer approaches for Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill.
But with Trotters boss Owen Coyle asking for at least £20million for his star stopper – the cash-shy Gunners look to have been priced out of a move.
Wenger also held an interest in Jones, with reports suggesting he spoke to the promising England U21 international just hours before he announced his intention to sign for the reigning Barclays Premier League champions.
With that in mind, Arsenal will be determined not to lose out on yet another of their defensive targets, and will likely step up their pursuit of the want-away Samba ahead of 2011/12.
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