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Arsenal Set Sights On Solid £19m Defensive Duo: Arsene Wenger Lines Up Bids for Steven Taylor and Gary Cahill

Emirates boss lined with England pair.

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Sports News - April 25, 2010

Arsene Wenger is ready to tempt Newcastle with a £5million bid to land much-coveted defender Steven Taylor.

Arsenal have jumped to the front of the queue in the battle to land Taylor as Wenger faces up to the prospect of losing several central defenders this summer.

Sunday Mirror Sport understands that Arsenal are now favourites to land the former England Under-21 skipper, despite strong interest from Premier League champions Chelsea, Aston Villa and Everton.

The Arsenal manager has been told that if Cesc Fabregas moves to Barcelona this ­summer all the kitty can be used for team strengthening and he has made central ­defence his priority.

Taylor has been highly recommended to Wenger by Gunners legend Tony Adams, who hadhim on loan as a youngster at Wycombe.

Wenger needs to bring in more English players to meet UEFA’s new quota and Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill is also on his radar.

But Bolton are asking about £14m for Cahilll, while Taylor, who is approaching the final year of his Newcastle contract, will come for just over a third of that asking price.

Wenger wants to build his central defence and will allow Swiss centre-back Philippe Senderos to leave.

Sol Campbell has yet to agree a proposed one-year deal, while both Mikael Silvestre and William Gallas are both free agents at the end of June.

But the good news for Arsene Wenger is that Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood has said that all the money the Gunners get for their skipper can be reinvested in players.

There was already cash in the kitty so the usually parsimonious Wenger will be able to buy whoever he likes this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Arsene Wenger has been linked with a number of defensive options in recent weeks and this source suggests that the Arsenal boss is ready to inject more English talent into his Emirates squad. It seems highly likely that the north London club may lose their three veteran defenders and even if they do not they could still use some reinforcements at the back.

Wenger has been linked with a move for Steven Taylor in the past and whilst the Newcastle man must have been delighted to return to the top flight after an excellent Championship winning campaign he would surely not hesitate if the Gunners made move to sign him.

A move for Gary Cahill seems less likely, not least because the Reebok Stadium outfit’s valuation of their 24 year is a little steep. Either way it does look like being a busy summer for Wenger who is desperate to reverse a run of five successive silverware-less seasons and may feel that the only way to counter attack such a drought is to invest large sums of money in bringing in more experienced players to populate his Arsenal squad.

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