A lot has been made of Arsene Wenger’s pursuit of forward players, but Arsenal are also very active in the defender department as they step up their search for reinforcements. And Wenger is looking to raid Everton in order to do that as he has been linked with moves for Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka.
Distin turned down a new one-year deal with Everton as he is after a three-year contract and Arsenal need to strengthen their central defensive options so see him as possibility.
Mikel Arteta moved from Goodison to the Emirates during the summer and Wenger will look to mount another bid for Jagielka in the January window, after he had a £12m bid turned down in the summer.
Distin doesn’t think Jagielka will move to London, he told reporters back in August:
“He’s still young and still improving. He’s got top clubs after him and that’s a sign of his quality but there’s no sign that he’s going.
He’s not come out and said he wants to go anywhere, so I guess that means he wants to stay.”
Of course there is another, less positive, way of looking at Jagielka’s silence; he also hasn’t said he wants to stay either.
Other options for Wenger are Blackburn’s Christopher Samba and Scott Dann of Birmingham who have both been linked with Arsenal during the summer but neither deal could be finalised.
Birmingham were holding out for £10m but given that their owner has had his assets frozen and is in the middle of a tricky court case in his home country, they maybe more willing to accept a lower offer.
Samba has delayed signing a new contract with Blackburn so teams such as Tottenham and Arsenal have been sniffing around him.