Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen on Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor.

The Daily Mail says Taylor is one the shock names on Arsene Wenger's defensive wishlist.

There is strong emphasis on the part of Arsenal assistant coach Steve Bould to bring in British players at the back.

The future of Thomas Vermaelen is in doubt after the club captain lost his place in the starting line-up midway through last season, spending the final two months of the season sat on the bench as Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker firmly established themselves.