Arsenal join interest for Valencia strike-ace Villa

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is tracking Valencia striker David Villa.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is tracking Valencia striker David Villa.

The Sunday Mirror says Wenger has expanded his list of targets to fill the front-line gap left by the injury to Robin van Persie.

The Arsenal manager is desperate for reinforcements because Van Persie will be absent for most of the season with a severe ankle injury.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole is already on the radar – and he has now been joined by Villa.

Valencia star Villa has been linked with moves to England on a consistent basis and was also wanted by Real Madrid and Barcelona.

He has stayed loyal to Valencia – but the club’s parlous financial position means they will listen to offers and a bid of about £30million might succeed.