Arsenal eye Athletic Bilbao sensation Aymeric Laporte

Arsenal are reportedly planning a January move for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte in order to bolster their defence, according to reports from the Express.

It is understood that Arsenal have no senior cover at centre-back, despite the duo Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny – but Laporte is the kind of quality player that Arsenal need to start thinking about, who mainly operate as a central defender.

The reports has suggested that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to acquire the services of 20-year-old Frenchman to the Emirates, who has a release clause of £34 million in his current contract and hopefully the Gunners will meet his £34m buyout clause ahead of the January transfer window.

Laporte only signed a new deal with The Lions in the summer, that will keep him at the club until 2018.

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