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3pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Martin Odegaard PASSES medical, Bertrand wanted, Draxler latest, Sokratis unveiled

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ARSENAL are on the verge of signing winger Martin Odegaard on loan.

The Real Madrid starlet headed to London to undergo a medical on Monday ahead of a £1.8m loan switch.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below...

  • MAR TO COME

    Martin Odegaard has reportedly completed his medical at Arsenal.

    Sky Sports reports the tests have been concluded and his loan move from Real Madrid will be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

    There were concerns that Norwegian Odegaard could be arriving injured as he was listed as crocked on the Madrid website.

    But The Athletic reported there was nothing major for the Gunners to worry about and things appear to be moving smoothly.

  • JOR DROPPING

    Arsenal are interested in signing Marseille left-back Jordan Amavi, according to reports.

    Boss Mikel Arteta recently admitted that his side are 'short' in the position, having let Sead Kolasinac return to Schalke on loan.

    Ryan Bertrand has been mentioned as a potential target, although Southampton are 'confident' that the England international will put pen to paper on a new contract at St Mary's.

    According to L'Equipe, Arsenal are among a trio of clubs hoping to lure Amavi away from Marseille in the summer on a free transfer.

    To do so they will have to beat off competition from Crystal Palace and Napoli, with the former believed to have shown 'the most interest'.

  • SHK HORROR

    Shkodran Mustafi will leave Arsenal this summer, according to his agent.

    The German centre-back, 28, has slipped down the Gunners' pecking order and his father and representative confirmed his impending exit.

    Kujtim Mustafi told Transfermarkt: "The fact is, Shkodran will leave the club in the summer at the latest.

    "I also read the rumours yesterday that Shkodran should terminate his contract. 

    "To clarify: There are currently no discussions about a contract termination."

  • TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal can get immediate revenge on Southampton for dumping them out of the FA Cup.

    The Gunners play the Saints in the Premier League tonight.

    But Mikel Arteta is still without skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to personal reasons.

    Dani Ceballos is back in training but isn't ready to feature, while Pablo Mari is expected to be back out at London Colney later this week.

    Scot Kieran Tierney has reported discomfort in his right calf and is being assessed.

  • FOOT IN THE DOOR

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has signed a new deal... with Puma.

    The Swiss star's boot contract with Under Armour ended and he has now signed on with former Gunners kit provider Puma.

  • PULL YOUR SOKS UP

    Former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has officially joined Olympiacos on a deal until the summer of 2023.

    The 32-year-old had been on the lookout for a new club after his contract was terminated by the Gunners by mutual consent last week.

    A host of teams have been linked with the ex-Borussia Dortmund star, with Serie A side Genoa credited with an interest.

    Turkish giants Fenerbahce were another possible destination, while even Liverpool had made a late approach to land Sokratis.

    The Greek international had played under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp when the two were in Germany together and it had been claimed that he had held initial talks over an Anfield switch.

  • JUL ME CLOSER

    Arsenal could be set to add Julian Draxler to the signing of Martin Odegaard, according to reports in France.

    The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has been touted for a swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi.

    According to L'Equipe, Les Parisiens coach Mauricio Pochettino wants to bring in the Frenchman this month.

    A new central midfielder is high on the Argentine's list with his old Tottenham star, Dele Alli, another man linked.

    But PSG have long held an interest in Guendouzi too with the 21-year-old, born in the Parisian suburbs, signed to the club as a kid.

    Arteta fell out with Guendouzi at the end of last season but he has shown glimpses of form on loan with Hertha Berlin and Draxler could be used as makeweight having not started a PSG game since October.

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may miss out again when Arsenal take on Southampton today.

    The striker was absent for the FA Cup defeat to the Saints due to personal issues.

    And he is set to be absent when the two sides play each other in the league.

    Gabriel Martinelli could instead continue on the left, with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka also supporting lone striker Alexandre Lacazette.

    Meanwhile, former Arsenal star Alan Smith believes flop signing Willian has ‘lost his hunger’.

    He told Stadium Astro: “What was his motivation for coming across London and joining Arsenal?

    “At the moment, it’s easy to say it was for the money, pure and simple, and he has lost that hunger.

    “That’s how it seems from the outside looking in.

    “His performances have just not been good enough. It’s a big problem for the manager.”

    Finally, ex-Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor reckons club captain Jack Grealish would snub a move to Arsenal if the opportunity arose.

    He told TalkSport: “There are so many clubs out there that would love to have him.

    “Have Arsenal even got the money if they wanted to get him?

    “I think the way Arsenal are at the moment, where they are in the league, their last 10 years, for me they aren’t one of the top six teams in the league.

    “Even if they did have the money, I don’t think he’d choose to go to Arsenal anyway. That’s a shame with Arsenal’s big history in football.”

  • BUEN IN ROME

    Arsenal still want to sign Emi Buendia despite landing Martin Odegaard.

    Football London claims the Norwich winger could yet make his way to London this month.

    That’s despite Arsenal agreeing a six-month loan for Real Madrid playmaker Odegaard.

    Buendia has been setting the Championship alight with Norwich, and the Canaries could demand a big fee for his services.

  • WHERE THERE’S A WILL

    Former Arsenal star Alan Smith believes flop signing Willian has ‘lost his hunger’.

    He told Stadium Astro: “What was his motivation for coming across London and joining Arsenal? 

    “At the moment, it’s easy to say it was for the money, pure and simple, and he has lost that hunger.

    “That’s how it seems from the outside looking in. 

    “His performances have just not been good enough. It’s a big problem for the manager.”

  • ALL GUNNS BLAZING

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may miss out again when Arsenal take on Southampton tomorrow.

    The striker was absent for the FA Cup defeat to the Saints due to personal issues.

    And he is set to be absent when the two sides play each other in the league.

    Gabriel Martinelli could instead continue on the left, with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka also supporting lone striker Alexandre Lacazette.

  • FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Prem chiefs believe they are winning the Covid battle after reporting the first clear testing round this season.

    The latest two sets of samples saw eight positive cases out of 2,518 tests of players and club staff.

    But all eight positives came from the first testing round between January 18 and 24.

    And the second set, conducted between Friday and Sunday and seeing 1,112 players and staff giving samples, brought the clear round.

    That compares with last week’s tally of 16 positives, 36 the previous week and a record 40 across the week straddling January 1.

    Prem bosses brought in a series of enhanced Covid protocols and measures on January 7, which has had a major impact.

    The last previous clear round had been from the final set of tests of Project Restart at the end of July.

  • STRIKE FORCE

    West Ham have reportedly pulled out of a move for Stade de Reims striker and Arsenal target Boulaye Dia.

    France Football claims the Ligue 1 side’s refusal to budge from their £13.5million valuation has seen the Hammers back off.

    David Moyes is keen on signing a replacement for Sebastien Haller, who joined Ajax earlier this month.

    West Ham will continue to monitor Dia but a move looks unlikely unless the price comes down and they will instead focus on new targets.

    It means Arsenal have a free run should they decide to follow up their interest with a formal offer.

  • DONE DEAL

    Sokratis has completed his free transfer to Olympiacos.

    The Greek defender agreed to mutually terminate his Arsenal contract earlier this month.

    Sokratis had fallen out of Mikel Arteta's plans and now finds himself back on home soil.

  • BRU-WOAH

    No player has been involved in more Premier League goals during the last year than Bruno Fernandes.

    The Man Utd star has contributed to a stunning 45 goals in his first year at Old Trafford.

    That puts him ahead of Spurs' Harry Kane, Liverpool's Mo Salah and Man City's Kevin De Bruyne.

  • NO GREAL DEAL

    Ex-Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor reckons club captain Jack Grealish would snub a move to Arsenal if the opportunity arose.

    He told TalkSport: “There are so many clubs out there that would love to have him.

    “Have Arsenal even got the money if they wanted to get him?

    “I think the way Arsenal are at the moment, where they are in the league, their last 10 years, for me they aren’t one of the top six teams in the league.

    “Even if they did have the money, I don’t think he’d choose to go to Arsenal anyway. That’s a shame with Arsenal’s big history in football.”

  • ODE TO JOY

    Versatile midfielder Martin Odegaard is on the brink of a loan move to Arsenal.

    But just where will the Real Madrid man play under Mikel Arteta?

    Here are some options for the Gunners as they look to clinch a top four finish...

  • WHAT A MES

    Fenerbahce have come up with a novel way of paying Mesut Ozil’s wages… by asking fans for donations!

    The ex-Arsenal man is earning around £67,000-a-week in Turkey - still some way off his £350k-a-week in London.

    President Ali Koc said: "We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support. 

    "On the day of the signature, I will ask you to break a record. With an SMS campaign. 

    “Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good."

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