Former Emirates and Highbury star Robert Pires is considering a move to non-league club Crawley.
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Ex-Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires is in talks with Conference side Crawley over a potential move.
Pires is currently training with the Gunners to keep in shape and is looking for a club after leaving Villarreal in the summer.
West Ham had been in the frame but newly-rich Crawley – nicknamed the Red Devils – have emerged as a shock contender to take on the 36-year-old World Cup winner.
Crawley, who have never played in the Football League, are based near Gatwick Airport and boss Steve Evans has already spent heavily in the summer in a spree dubbed “Project Promotion” by owner Bruce Winfield.
They currently lie second in the Blue Square Premier table, two points behind AFC Wimbledon. (talkSPORT)
What an extraordinary move this would be, but could it really happen? World Cup winner, Premier League winner and Arsenal legend Robert Pires playing in the Conference?
If West Ham are genuinely interested, perhaps Pires does not see himself playing a bit-part role at his stage in his career, and so turning down a move would be understandable, but to hear that he is genuinely considering a move to a Conference side is quite a shock.
Pires has been training with Arsenal in recent weeks, and it is rumoured that Arsene Wenger has been extremely impressed with his former star.