Arsenal boss Wenger ponders Barry bid

Arsenal are expected to make a bid for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry.

The Independent says Gilberto Silva's move to Panathinaikos will clear the way for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to bid for Barry.

Wenger has let it be known to the club's hierarchy that he rates the England midfielder highly and rarely discloses the identity of a transfer target until he is reasonably certain that he is sure of the player's suitability. His Villa counterpart, Martin O'Neill, confirmed this week that Arsenal have made a preliminary inquiry.

The key factor is whether Arsenal will pay the £18m fee that has proved such a sticking point for Liverpool.

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