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Arsenal Trio Wanted By Liverpool, QPR & Sunderland as Wenger Looks to Continue Clear-Out

Premier League trio target Emirates Stadium squad players.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to trim his squad to help balance the books ahead of further summer additions this summer.

Having already forked out around £23m to sign Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski it appears that three Premier League sides are looking to make advances for three players that the Gunners boss may well be ready to offload.

Nicklas Bendtner spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, finishing as the Black Cats top Premier League scorer, but initially it appeared that Martin O’Neill was reticent about making a move to sign the Danish international on a permanent basis but the Northern Irish boss is readying an offer for the 23 year old.

The Sunderland boss is looking to use funds from the sale of Asamoah Gyan to Al Ain to fund a move for the Arsenal forward and a successful completion of such a move depends on two factors. Firstly a lot could depend on just how much the North London side looks to garner from the sale and secondly whether Bendtner is amenable to a move to the North-East side.

Some sources suggest that Arsenal are ready to accept offers in the region of £8m but Sunderland will look to bring the price down to nearer £5m.

QPR have made some very intelligent moves in the transfer market thus far this summer, with Mark Hughes bringing in Ji-Sung Park, Robert Green and Andy Johnson to name just three new signings, and now co-owner Tony Fernandes is willing to fund a significant bid for Russian winger Andrei Arshavin.

Arsene Wenger is ready to sell the 31 year old winger and a permanent move to Zenit St Petersburg seems less likely following comments made by Arshavin following Russia’s exit from Euro 2012, which have not endeared him to the nation’s football fans.

A move to QPR may well tempt the winger as it would hand the Russian a chance to secure regular first team football and it’s a move that Wenger would surely consider accepting, again if the West London side is willing to meet the asking price for a player who cost Arsenal a club record £15m two and a half years ago.

Theo Walcott is locked in ongoing contract talks that have been running for some months and the situation has reached the point that has left the winger vulnerable to bids from interested parties. Liverpool are one such party and newly installed boss Brendan Rodgers is set to make an offer for the England international as he sets about improving his attacking options.

Having brought in Italian Fabio Borini and with Andy Carroll apparently on his way out Rodgers will look to bring in effective wide attacking options and to that end has earmarked a move for the 23 year old Arsenal man who he will hope to lure to Anfield this summer.

Wenger may be ready to consider offers for Walcott over giving in to the former Southampton man’s wage demands, thought to be in the region of £100k a week, a salary that the Gunners boss is not willing to offer.

Arsenal have a number of wingers they could turn to if they were to sell Walcott, those options include up and coming youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Japanese international Ryo Miyaichi and Ivory Coast attacker Gervinho.

Wenger has already released Manuel Almunia and sold Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad and looks likely to consider offloading a number of other squad players and under-performing first team regulars during this transfer window.


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