West Ham make approach for second Arsenal player - reports
By Joe Nelson
West Ham have joined Galatasaray in the race to sign out-of-favour Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy according to a report.
Turkish sports paper Fanatik claim that the east Londoners have made an approach for the France international in a bid to beat Galatasaray to his signature.
It is said that West Ham have established contact with Debuchy in a bid to secure another full-back signing for manager Slaven Bilic, who is known to have close ties with Fanatik from his time coaching Besiktas.
The Hammers’ pursuit of Debuchy comes after the Evening Standard claim that Arsenal rejected their offer to take Kieran Gibbs on loan for the upcoming season.
West Ham have subsequently signed left-back Arthur Musuaku from Olympiakos for a fee of £6.2million, with the deal announced on Monday afternoon.
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The Gunners have sanctioned the exit of Debuchy after his route to a first-team spot was blocked by Hector Bellerin.
The French right-back, who has three-years left on his Gunners contract, spent the second half of last season on loan at Bordeaux, but only made nine appearances due to injury.
Goal have claimed that Debuchy, who signed for the Gunners back in 2014 for around £12million from Newcastle, is on the verge of signing for Galatasaray.
The 27-time France international has made just 21 appearances during his time at Arsenal, who have Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson who can deputise at right-back.
Reports had previously suggested that Debuchy could make a return to Bordeaux in a permanent deal.
Sky Sports claimed on their website’s live transfer-centre page that the Ligue 1 club would like to sign Debuchy, but would also be interested in a loan move if necessary.
Debuchy moved to England in 2012, after Newcastle identified the former Lille full-back as one of Europe’s best right-sided defenders at the time after 10 years and 233 League appearances for the Ligue 1 side.
However, since his move to North London, Debuchy’s career has spiralled downwards and the injury-plagued 31-year-old is looking for an escape route.
In other West Ham transfer news, they have confirmed the signing of a defender who will replace the injured Aaron Cresswell.