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Arsenal to launch bid for Blackburn defender Samba

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to sign Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba.

The Mirror says Samba, 26, is unsettled at Blackburn after Sam Allardyce was sacked, was stripped of the captaincy and, despite regaining his place, Rovers are struggling to keep him.

Aston Villa are also interested but Arsenal are at the front of the queue and are likely to test Blackburn's resolve with a bid of around the £6m mark.

Wenger has looked at short-term options such as West Ham's Matt Upson and have also been offered Bordeaux's Mikel Ciani but would prefer a longer-term solution, and if they can get Samba at the right price in January then Arsenal will take the plunge.

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