Arsenal Swoop Late For £2.5m Talented Defender

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Gunners try to steal Stoppila Sunzu from under noses of Reading.

Arsenal have swooped late and could steal £2.5million rated defender Stoppila Sunzu from under the noses of Premier League rivals Reading.

Reading are close to agreeing to sign the Zambian international centre-back after paying for him to come to the Madejski Stadium on trial from TP Mazembe, who play in the domestic league in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 23-year-old was given permission to leave Zambia African Nations Cup squad to train with Reading last week and manager Brian McDermott was impressed by what he saw and is hoping to tie up a deal for around £2.5million.

But the Sunday Mirror report that Arsenal have entered the race to sign Sunzu, who has now returned to South African to rejoin the Zambia squad at the African Nations Cup, and are threatening to scupper the defender’s move to Reading.

 “Everything went well,” Sunzu is quoted as saying about his trial, which he expects to turn into a permanent switch to Reading. “I’m happy because I passed the assessment and it’s now up to TP Mazembe and Reading to finalise the deal. When they do that, I will sign the contract right here.”

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