By Alex Taylor
Arsenal have rejected a loan bid from West Ham for Kieran Gibbs, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that Hammers submitted an offer to take the 26-year-old for the upcoming season as they target an experienced left-back to replace the injured Aaron Cresswell.
Arsenal turned down West Ham’s first bid even though the north Londoners were ready to listen to offers for Gibbs earlier this summer as they eyed a new left-back signing.
West Ham are in the market for a left-back after Cresswell was ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury. They have also been strongly linked with Norwich pair Robbie Brady and Martin Olsson.
England international Gibbs has lost his first-choice status to Nacho Monreal over the last 18 months and may be looking for regular first team football in the Premier League.
The academy graduate, who joined the Gunners at the age of 15 from Wimbledon, is contracted to Arsenal until 2018 but has not opened talks with the club about a new deal.
Given his pedigree and age, Arsene Wenger rates the England international, who has won 10 senior caps, in the £12million bracket.
Newcastle and Liverpool have both made enquiries about a possible move for Gibbs in the past but manager Arsene Wenger has so far fended off interest in the player.
Gibbs made 30 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal in the recently completed domestic campaign, but made only 12 starts and just three of those were in the Premier League.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Wenger has admitted he is keeping a close eye on Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.