Deadline day bids rejected for Arsenal 'next Vieira' target

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Blackburn Rovers have confirmed they turned down two bids on deadline day for Steven Nzonzi.

The young midfielder, who has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal, has impressed during his time at Ewood Park, with Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal also thought to be keen on the player.

And Steve Kean confirmed that offers did come in for the player on Wednesday, although wouldn't say which team made the approach.

“There was a bit of interest for Steven,” said the Rovers boss.

“I don’t want to say which club but there were two bids that came in for Steven from the same club and we fought that off and managed to keep him. I think Steven’s got great quality and he’s improving all the time.

“He came back pre-season in fantastic condition, had a really strong pre-season and it’s no surprise that there are some big clubs interested in him.”

A former French U21 international previously dubbed the next Patrick Vieira, Nzonzi moved to England in 2009 from Amiens SC.

Arsenal were known to be in the market for a midfielder on deadline day, but instead brought Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun to the club on a busy day for the north Londoners.


Wenger also splashed the cash on defenders Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos at the Emirates, while Park Chu-Young was also drafted in by the Gunners chief to strengthen the club's attacking line.

It's also emerged that Arsenal made a loan enquiry over French international Yoann Gourcuff on the penultimate day of the transfer window, but were rebuffed by Lyon in their pursuit.

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