Tuesday Kickoff: Arsenal eye M'Vila, Man. City close in on Sinclair and more

Tuesday Kickoff: Arsenal eye M'Vila, Man. City close in on Sinclair and more

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Tuesday Kickoff: Arsenal eye M'Vila, Man. City close in on Sinclair and more

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With a new void in his midfield, Arsene Wenger may turn yet again to another rising French star to try and bolster his club.

Arsenal's interest in Stade Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila has reportedly been rekindled as the close of the summer transfer window nears. If M'Vila were to sign with Arsenal, he would join a group of young Frenchmen to sign with the club over the last few years that includes Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby and most recently Olivier Giroud. 

With Alex Song off to Barcelona, Arsenal have a hole in central midfield to fill, and M'Vila, a rising star who played for France in Euro 2012, fits the bill. The 22-year-old M'Vila has spent his entire career at Rennes but has been pegged for a move before the close of this transfer window. Tottenham have also been said to be a contender for M'Vila.

Rennes are reportedly seeking £15 million in exchange for M'Vila's services.

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Manchester City have been rather quiet during the transfer window, but the club is closing in on Swansea City winger and Team Great Britain Olympian Scott Sinclair.

The clubs are reportedly close on agreeing on a £5 million fee for the 23-year-old Sinclair, whose contract expires at the end of the season. He reportedly told Swansea City management that he has no wishes to sign a new deal with the Swans, so instead of losing him for nothing next summer, they are open to a move.


Yohann Gourcuff just can't escape the injury bug.

The Lyon midfielder suffered a knee sprain and ligament damage during the club's victory over Troyes on Saturday and is expected to miss between the next 6-to-12 weeks.

Gourcuff's time at Lyon has been marred by injury, with a heel injury and adductor problem costing him months of time last season and limiting him to just 13 games. That followed his first year with the club that included an Achilles injury and an adductor strain.


Former Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong is headed to Norwich City on a three-year deal. 

Bassong, 26, had been with Tottenham since 2009, but he had no longer become a regular in the lineup and spent time on loan with Wolverhampton last season. He will be reunited with Norwich City coach Chris Hughton, who was in charge at Newcastle when Bassong arrived there in 2008. Hughton hopes that Bassong can help improve a back line that was torched by Fulham to the tune of a 5-0 season-opening loss on Saturday.


Do you think M'Vila would be a good fit for Arsenal? Is he worth that price tag? Where do you think Sinclair fits in for Manchester City? Disappointed that Gourcuff is hurt again? Do you see Norwich City getting relegated?

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