Wenger eyes Brum starlet Butland for Arsenal

Open this morning’s papers, or scour them on line, and you’ll find a hotpotch of hullabaloo pertaining to the Arsenal this morning. So, let’s get to it then…

The Mail has a yarn claiming that we are ready to sign Brum’s England Under-21 keeper Jack Butland, currently on loan at Cheltenham. The paper says Butland has been watched regularly by our scouts this season.

It adds: And Arsenal took a key step towards cementing their interest in the 18-year-old after influential chief scout Steve Rowley and goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton ran the rule over him in England Under-21’s 5-0 thrashing of Iceland last Thursday.

For the record, Sunderland are also keen on the £1m rated keeper. Of course, that isn’t the only transfer tale doing the rounds. The Sun claims we are preparing a £10m bid for Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue. The paper says Arsene Wenger wants the France Under-21 star after being priced out of his top target – £25m-rated Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.

Over to the Mirror, which reports that Bordeaux president Jean Louis Triaud has admitted he has had several attempts to re-sign striker Marouane Chamakh – but his efforts have been ignored by Arsenal.

BTW, I see the home game in the Carling Cup with City has sold out. Heartening.

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