Arsenal make £8.5m bid for Saint Etienne midfielder

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Arsenal have made an £8.5million bid for Saint Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui, reports the Daily Express.

The offer comes as hopes of signing Newcastle United star Yohan Cabaye appear to have hit the buffers, with Alan Pardew determined to keep the France international at St James' Park.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is eager to recruit a midfielder before the close of the transfer window, and has stepped up his interest in the 22-year-old utility man, who can also operate as an emergency centre-back.

Guilavogui has made more than 90 Ligue 1 appearances since making the breakthrough at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in 2011, and recently earned a call-up to the France national team.

According to French newspaper Le10Sport, the talented youngster - who turns 23 next week - would be interested in a move to the Emirates Stadium, and that he is uncertain whether he will cut his birthday cake with Les Verts in light of Arsenal's interest.

Having already cashed-in on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who signed for Borussia Dortmund in an £11million deal earlier this summer, Saint Etienne could also offload Guilavogui in a bid to fund new arrivals of their own.

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