ARSENAL and West Ham are leading the charge to sign Marseille star Morgan Sanson.
The central midfielder has 18 months remaining on his contract and manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed the interest from Premier League clubs.
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Villas-Boas told reporters: “We’ll see. The transfer window is open, Sanson is a player who is highly rated.
“Officially, we have not received any offers, unless it happened during the match.
“He is a boy who interests English teams because of his characteristics, and it is possible that something could happen.”
French television programme Telefoot have also reported that Sanson is engaged in transfer talks with an unspecified English club over a January switch.
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- Aston Villa – 6/1
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As a result, bookmakers Betfair have installed Mikel Arteta’s side as 2/1 favourites to clinch a deal for the talented 26-year-old.
The Gunners have finally offloaded Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce.
And that departure could signal a new midfield arrival with upwards of £350,000-a-week off the payroll.
London rivals West Ham are Arsenal’s closest challengers.
Manager David Moyes is on the look-out for a new ‘midfield leader’ to replace Mark Noble and his sights are firmly on £25m-rated Sanson.
It’s believed West Ham will try to lower their outlay by offering Manuel Lanzini in part-exchange.
Aston Villa are the outsiders of the trio at 6s.
Dean Smith already has John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Ross Barkley, Marvelous Nakamba and Conor Hourihane at his disposal.
But Telefoot claim the Villains are preparing an approach having monitored the player for several months.
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