Arsenal set to add to their defensive ranks with Alderweireld move

Arsenal could be set to end their transfer hoodoo with reports emerging that the club are readying a bid for Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld.

The Belgian International has been linked with the likes of Norwich, Newcastle, Everton and Liverpool and is widely tipped to leave Holland this summer.

According to Sports Direct News however Arsenal have now entered the race for the 24 year old and are ready to offer £6 million for the centre back.

The player is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League and with just a year left on his current contract a move would appear imminent.

The reported fee is well within the Arsenal budget and with the player also able to operate at right-back his versatility will appeal to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger

With Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou leaving the club this summer, Bakary Sagna, and Thomas Vermaelen injured and Laurent Koscielny suspended Arsenal are facing an defensive crisis and the arrival of Alderweireld would be a timely, and cost effective, boost for the Londoners.

The Gunners boss has come under pressure following his failure to add to his squad over the summer, the lack of activity compounded further by an opening day 3-1 loss to Aston Villa and a rejected move for Newcastle Yohan Cabaye.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew criticised his counterpart claiming that he was forced to leave Cabaye out of his starting line-up for the trip to Manchester City after news of a £10 million bid was leaked.

However Wenger has hit back telling reporters “There is nothing to explain,” Wenger said. “First of all, you don’t know what we have done, you don’t know if we did bid and you have come to a conclusion without knowing everything that has happened.

“It is quite amazing that all of the people don’t know and yet they always have opinions about things they don’t know.

“I won’t explain to you what happened. It is not down to me to explain to you everything I do. It is impossible.

“If we do a transfer, we will announce it. We always inform you. As for the rest, you have to leave us to do our own things.

“We don’t want to hurt anybody, not Newcastle, not anybody. You can’t reproach us on one side for not buying and yet on the other side when we try to buy to reproach us as well. That is a bit contradictory.

“I would just like to reiterate to you that in the last 16 years we have been very successful with transfers – if you look at the players who play tomorrow, they are top quality players, and you should never forget that.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.