Arsenal's football staff are struggling to convince manager Arsene Wenger to splash out on new signings. The People says it is believed that Wenger has vetoed several targets recommended by senior staff Birmingham City's Scott Dann, Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill, Everton's Leighton Baines and Joey Barton of Newcastle United have all failed to convince Wenger.

Centre-back Dann is seen by assistant boss Pat Rice and chief scout Steve Rowley as an excellent, low-cost addition to the squad.

But after Dann held talks with officials on Wednesday, Wenger was said to be reluctant to rubber-stamp the move.

The Frenchman is remaining unflinchingly loyal to his existing young squad, and Carlos Tevez is highly unlikely to join from Manchester City, given the London clubs £90,000-a-week wage limit.

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