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Speaking to French sports magazine L’Équipe, QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt confirmed that Arsenal and Chelsea have both made enquiries about a potential transfer, but admitted that the situation with both clubs is extremely difficult.
“QPR will demand £10 million pounds for me… I had contact with Arsenal and Chelsea, but it is a little muddled. Arsenal have not yet sold Fabregas, and as for Chelsea, they do not yet have a coach, so we will see.”
Taarabt’s performances last season (during which he made 44 appearances in the Championship and scored 19 goals as QPR won promotion to the Premier League) have attracted the attention from some of the top English clubs, and it is known that Arsène Wenger is a keen admirer of the 22-year-old. It is also suggested that Wenger even tried to sign Taarabt from Lens in 2007 before he joined Spurs. Taarabt only made 16 appearances for Tottenham before he was sold permanently to QPR in 2010.
In my opinion, this transfer is quite unlikely. QPR have just been promoted to the Premier League and will no doubt be desperate to hold on to their star midfielder. However, it is understandable if Taarabt wants to move to Arsenal in order to bolster his chances of silverware.
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Speaking to the club website, West Brom sports director Dan Ashworth rubbished the reports that Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal for Peter Odemwingie, insisting that the Nigerian international is not for sale.
“Our aim is to retain our core players and try to strengthen around them. I want to make it clear that Peter is not for sale and remains a key member of our squad. We have not received any offers for Peter and we have placed no valuation on his head.”
Odemwingie scored 15 goals in 32 Premier League games during a season in which West Brom avoided relegation. This has led to interest from a number of bigger European clubs. However, a source close to Odemwingie told the Daily Star that while Arsenal were able to meet West Brom’s asking price, they had failed to agree personal terms with the player.
“Peter is not happy that, while the Gunners are willing to meet West Brom’s transfer fee, there will not be much change in his personal terms. The club are proposing what he considers to be peanuts for him.”
In my opinion, Odemwingie would still make the move even if the personal terms were similar to those at West Brom. Players of that calibre just don’t turn down the chance to play for Arsenal. Such an opportunity is unlikely to occur for the player in the future. However, as far as I am concerned, the source is seems rather unreliable. I should also point out that Dan Ashworth made it very clear that Peter is not for sale, so it is extremely unlikely that this transfer would materialise.
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