Arsenal striker chase takes £15m twist - reports

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Aston Villa are the latest club to be linked with a move for Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodallega.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move for the player in recent weeks, whilst a handful of clubs across Europe are also thought to be tracking the Colombian forward.

The Daily Mail claims Aston Villa have now joined the race for the £15-million rated player, with Alex McLeish lining-up a move for the player along with Shay Given, Scott Parker, Charles N'Zogbia and Alan Hutton.

Rodallega revealed over the weekend that the Gunners were keen to add his services, although the signing of Gervinho at the Emirates put an Arsenal move for the 25-year-old in doubt.

"There are many teams interested, it’s true. Villarreal, Sevilla, Arsenal also have some interest, and Everton. There is a lot of speculation but my future at this moment is at Wigan," said the player,

Rodallega struck nine times in the Barclays Premier League last term, but has proved himself in the English top flight over the last two-and-a-half years at the DW Stadium.


Wenger hinted back in May that Arsenal will be looking to make a number of additions, providing the 'right' players become available, but the club's current priority is to secure the services of the players already on the books at north London.

With the futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri still in doubt at the Emirates, Wenger will be fighting hard to keep the pair with the Gunners, and transfer moves could convince the duo to stay with Arsenal.

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