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Jack Rodwell and Sylvain Distin ‘eyed by Arsenal for double Everton switch’
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a double bid for Everton stars Jack Rodwell and Sylvain Distin in the summer transfer window as he looks to address two principle areas of concern for the title-chasing Gunners.
The move would plug two significant gaps in the north Londoners’ line-up, where concerns persist about the reliability of their centre-backs and the form of their holding midfielders.
As a young and developing English talent, Rodwell, 19, certainly fits the bill for Wenger – although a price-tag in the region of £15million may prove a stumbling block.
Nevertheless, Everton’s mounting debts may see them forced into selling their starlet, who is also rumoured to be Manchester United’s wanted list.
Meanwhile Wenger has been searching for a dependable centre-back with Premier League experience for some time.
And although he continues to be linked with a bid for Bolton’s Gary Cahill, it is thought the French tactician would instead be keen to add countryman Distin, 33, because he offers a different option to his current squad.
So basically The Metro is linking Arsenal with two players that Arsenal could well have done with this season. Last night’s defeat had a lot to do with the absence of Alex Song and the lack of a good replacement for the battling defensive midfielder and perhaps a move for Jack Rodwell is seen as helping in that regard.
Defensively the Gunners have found themselves stretched due to the poor form shown by Sebastien Squillaci and the long term injury to Thomas Vermaelen, leaving Arsene Wenger to have to use Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou week in, week out and the French part of that pairing has been very inconsistent.
Clearly signing Sylvain Distin would only be a short term solution and the 33 year old would only be offered a one year contract as is the way with the Arsenal boss when he signs players of 30 and over. The former Manchester City captain is a very experienced campaigner and again could add strength in depth and help balance out the youth of the side.
Everton will of course fight to prevent these exits but then David Moyes has tried and failed to prevent similar departures in recent seasons with Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott being prime examples of this. Manchester United have also been tracking England Under 21 international Rodwell for some time so they may well end up sparking a bidding war for the talented midfielder and we all know how Wenger doesn’t like to spend too much on a player so that could be something of a stumbling block.