In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Arsenal recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Norwich City eye Jack Butland
Norwich City are eyeing a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland to boost their squad in the January transfer window, according to The Sun (via Stoke Sentinel).
Daniel Farke’s side have suffered injury hell this season and had as many as 10 players out of the 5-1 loss to Aston Villa before the October international break, including the first and second-choice ‘keepers (via BBC).
However, Norwich aren’t the only Premier League side interested in the England international, with Bournemouth and Aston Villa also keen.
A move for Butland would a horrid decision from the club due to three main reasons, the strength in depth in the ‘keeper department, the need to strengthen defence having conceded the most goals in the league so far this season, and the errors the 26-year-old has made against Preston North End this season.
Indeed, the former Birmingham custodian has barely covered himself in glory this season and, considering the defensive fragility shown this season, the club could certainly do with tightening up there rather than between the posts.
Norwich eyeing move for Aaron Hickey
Norwich have put Hearts left-back Aaron Hickey on their radar after the 17-year-old emergence in the Scottish Premiership, according to The Sun.
However, the Canaries aren’t the only club to be chasing the youngster with 10 other clubs thought to also be interested, and Manchester City are thought to be leading the race for his signature.
Hickey became the youngest player to feature in a Scottish Cup final when he completed the 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Celtic.
The Canaries have certainly shown an ability to pick up gems over the last few years and signing a young, talented and British player would certainly fit the mould. Still, the Scot does appear to have important eyes watching him this season after impressing at Tynecastle, so perhaps the idea of beating the English champions to his signing is somewhat unrealistic.
Max Aarons on Tottenham Hotspur shortlist
Norwich defender Max Aarons features on a list of right-backs Tottenham Hotspur have added to a shortlist as they look to strengthen their defence, according to the Daily Mail.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to target players who suit his high-intensity style of play with the publication reporting that right-back is a top priority for the north London giants.
The move comes after the Lilywhites sold Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window.
Given Norwich’s lack of money in the transfer market, if Spurs make a big enough bid, selling the £7.2m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, Aarons could be on the agenda. Prior to the start of the Premier League season, it was confirmed by Farke the club was ‘paying for sins of the past’ in the transfer market.
Perhaps the idea of selling such a key player seems counter-intuitive but if they can raise funds to strengthen elsewhere, it may not be as bad an idea as it initially would seem.
Norwich fans, what do you make of the three stories? Let us know your thoughts!
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