It sometimes seems as if Arsenal do the scouting for all of the other teams in the Premier league, because once stories hit the papers about some player that Arsenal have been watching, then the likes of Tottenham are usually being linked with them. It is common knowledge that Arsenal are looking to bring in a strong and defensively minded midfielder in January because of the recurring injury problems of Abou Diaby. Two of the players who have been watched closely by Arsene Wenger are now being targetted by old saggy face himself, Harry Redknapp.
The former Tottenham boss is staring relegation in the face with his QPR team. His arrival has done nothing to suggest that the club will avoid the drop. He did manage to get the first win of the season against a woeful Fulham, but they have lost three games in a row since then. They are rooted to the bottom of the table with just 10 points on the board. The only thing the club has going for it is the money of the owner.
Fernandes is ready to back Redknapp by authorising an £8 million bid for Yann M’Vila from Rennes and triggering the £3.5 million release clause of Mohamed Diame from West Ham. The problem is, why would they want to jump on board a sinking ship? Surely Arsene Wenger would not have to do much to persuade either player that the Gunners would make for a better destination.