The clock is ticking on these two deals.
Gunners chief Wenger took the rare step of admitting a transfer target as he prepared to make a bid for the £12million-rated Norwegian defender as he prepared to let Senderos go to Goodison in a £6m move.
Wenger said: “We have had a look at Hangeland, yes. It’s always difficult to say anything because we have not contacted Fulham, not contacted Hangeland, not made our choice on him or anybody else.
“It’s difficult to talk about names. At the moment we have six centre-backs – Silvestre, Gallas, Djourou, Vermaelen, Song and Senderos.
“We will have a look to see if we have an opportunity or not if he goes. We have given Senderos an opportunity to go because he has only one year left on his contract.” (Daily Mirror)
I am still not that keen on Brede Hangeland and whilst Arsene is right to point out we have six centre backs it’s worth also noting that Silvestre has looked a liability ever since we got him and Alex Song’s favoured position is obviously in the defensive midfielder slot.
Obviously time is running out for us to complete either deal and Wenger is always going to err on the side of caution when it comes to bringing in new faces so it wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t bring in another player before the transfer window closes, which may or may not be a bad thing.