Arsenal are reportedly planning a January bid for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, according to reports in Mirror.
The 26 year old has excelled in the Premier League since joining the Baggies from Paris Saint-Germain in 2009 following a spell on loan with Ligue 2 side Amiens SC.
Arsene Wenger is keen on adding an extra defensive midfielder into the Arsenal squad, in order to act as a back-up to the likes of Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta in case of further injury problems.
The report suggests that the Gunners watched have the Congolese International in action against Stoke last weekend and are ready to move in January to bolster the holding midfield role. The bid is expected to be in the range of around £7 million.
Mulumbu was born in Congo and spent majority of his childhood in Paris. Having found he was rather good with a ball at his feet, he was picked up by Paris Saint-Germain and learnt the bulk of his footballing education with the club’s youth system. He worked his way up the ranks with occasional forays into the first team before the West Brom scouts deemed it necessary to contact the midfielder regarding a trial. He impressed during the trial, was signed up on loan and then signed permanently in the summer.
He has been impressive for the Baggies since his arrival and earned great praise for his combative displays. His work rate is superb and often dates forward brilliant runs but his work doesn’t end there as he will track back with the same pace and shield the defenders.
With no other player in the same mould as Flamini in the squad, Wenger is hoping to bring in Mulumbu as an alternative option to keep his side’s 2013/14 Premier League title charge on track. However, Arsenal might find it difficult to convince the Baggies to sell the Democratic Republic of Congo international as he signed a new contract at the Hawthorns back in August.
Having a player like Mulumbu would give us more depth in the central midfield as he can rotate with Flamini or even play both Mulumbu and Flamini in some games and really free up our attacking midfielders as would be very well protected behind them.
West Brom are unlikely to be willing to sell, but could be forced into doing a deal if the midfielder pursues a move. He may be tempted by a switch to London, with the Gunners able to offer him Champions League football and a more realistic chance of competing for silverware.
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