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There are rumours-a-many in the press today so I thought I would bring some of them to our outstanding Vital Arsenal readers.

CSKA 'keeper Igor Akinfeev says that a move to Arsenal would be very tempting. When speaking to sport-express the Russian international said: "I`m delighted that a club of such calibre [Arsenal] Arse interested in me.

"You can`t have too many chances like this in your career.

"Of course, if they make an offer, I`ll take it seriously and will think about it."

Timo Hilderbrand could be on his way to Arsenal at the end of the season after talks about a new deal broke down. Horst Heldt, sporting director at VFB Stuttgart said: "We have withdrawn our offer. Timo Hilderbrand has informed us that he cannot make a decision yet.

The German would be available on a free transfer at the start of July which means that he can discuss a move elsewhere in little under two weeks time.

Jens Lehmann could go the other way, leaving Arsenal for VFB Stuttgart in the summer.

Triabal football reports that Arsenal want the cash for Jose Reyes in January so they can raid the January transfer market.

Arsenal are rumoured to be after a new left back. Reports suggest that a £4M bid for Leighton Baines or a £7M bid for Southamptons 17-year-old Gareth Bale could be in the pipeline.

And finally, Arsenal could move for midfielder Manuel Fernandes. The centeral midfielder has returned to Benfica after a loan spell at Portsmouth. A fee in the region of £8M is being suggested.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Wednesday December 20 2006
Time: 2:37PM


Whats the cash involved involved in the Reyes deal?
20/12/2006 14:42:00
Baines and Bale make sense...young British talent for a change!
20/12/2006 14:42:00
manuel fernandes, yes please !!
20/12/2006 14:58:00
If mad Jen is actually insisting on a 2 year deal instead of taking extensions on a yearly basis then I think we will need a new goalie.
20/12/2006 14:59:00
Akinfeev is quality. We would benefit by getting him in January so he has half a season to learn from Crazy Old Jens. As well as only being 20 / 21 he has extremly good positional awarenes and shot-stopping abilities, along with a great, almighty, accurate kick on him (the only thing I think Jens lacks in). If the price for Bale is accurate, I'd much rather we got Baines - He's proven himself more than competent in the PL throughout the last two seasons.
20/12/2006 15:05:00
One English target amongst them!
20/12/2006 15:14:00
Baines is an absolute stud...I'd love to see him in a Gunners jersey if he was available. Bale would be pretty nice as well. And Arsenal need to get another goalie by the summer regardless of what Lehmann decides, cause he's not getting any younger.
20/12/2006 15:22:00
I hear you were in for Drogba and Terry.
20/12/2006 15:23:00
And your point Merlin??
20/12/2006 15:51:00
Olasal, I would rather re-sign Jeffers than have Drogba. King Kolo and Willy Gallas (remember him?) are by far the best partnership in the league.
20/12/2006 15:53:00
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