Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have gone to sit quietly in the corner after being disappointed in their bid to land an excellent Premier League star.
The Daily Mirror states that Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has informed Arsenal they must wait until the summer to sign Victor Wanyama, with the Dutch boss keen to keep his squad intact during the mid-season window.
Arsenal are long-term admirers of the Kenyan international, formerly of Celtic, and have been widely linked with an imminent swoop for the Premier League ace.
However, any plans of an immediate move for Wanyama have been shattered by Southampton’s stance- and the South Coast club have demanded in excess of £20m for their star-man at the end of the season.
That price, and the forced delay, could end Arsenal’s interest as their need for midfielders is current and is unlikely to remain in the long-term; with Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky still to return from injury.
Whilst the latter of those is likely to leave upon the expiration of his contract in January, Arsenal still have the likes of Aaron Ramsey to consider and a wealth of starring youngsters ready to burst onto the first-team scene.
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