Arsenal supporters are clamouring for a centre-forward, but it appears as though the Gunners are looking to strengthen at the opposite end of the pitch.
Manchester City’s Matija Nastasic is a target for Arsene Wenger as he looks to bolster his defensive options, though the Frenchman faces competition from his Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew for the player’s services.
Both clubs are linked with a loan deal for the Serbian stopper, with the north Londoners available to back at 4/1 to snap him up before 11pm tonight.
A price of 3/10 says he remains at the Etihad Stadium, however, with the Citizens under no financial fair play pressure to slim down with Alvaro Negredo creeping ever closer to joining Valencia.
Following Thomas Vermaelen’s departure to Barcelona, Arsenal have been short of experienced alternatives at the heart of defence and it’s difficult to envisage Nastasic turning down a move to the Emirates in favour of a transfer to Newcastle, assuming of course, the club make a bid.
Speculation stating the Gunners’ medical team were running the rule over Danny Welbeck proved false, with the Manchester United man drifting out to even money from 3/20 to be an Arsenal player on September 2.
This evidence suggests that Wenger will be ignoring fans pleas to get the chequebook out in the final moments of the transfer window and, given Man City will no doubt demand an exorbitant fee from one of their title rivals, get on the 3/10 about Nastasic remaining with his current owners.