Transfer News Today: Arsenal in for Gourcuff and Yanga-Mbiwa



Forum chatter

Harry Redknapp's customary January spending could continue this week with the signing of Florent Malouda from Chelsea. The former French international is out of favour at Stamford Bridge, so would surely jump at the chance of some first team action at QPR. Malouda, 32, would have to take a wage cut as part of any deal.


Tabloid speculation

Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is in demand this month, with Arsenal the latest Premier League club to express an interest in his signature. Newcastle were believed to be close to finalising a deal for the 23-year-old, but could be usurped in the market for a second time in a week.


Contact made

Another Frenchman who could be heading to north London is Yoann Gourcuff. Lyon, who are trying to reduce their wage bill, have offered the former Milan schemer to Arsenal, doubtless hoping to tempt Arsene Wenger with some more Gallic mystique in midfield. Could this Christopher Reeve lookalike be the Gunners' new Superman?


Bid tabled

The Wesley Sneijder transfer saga continued apace yesterday, with Internazionale accepting a bid from Turkish giants Galatasaray. The Dutchman isn't thought to be overly keen on the move, but beggars (or £240,000-a-week earners) can't always be choosers.


Signed, sealed, delivered

Loic Remy's arrival in west London seemed to spell the end of Djibril Cisse's QPR career, and so it has proved: the journeyman striker has signed for Al-Gharafa in Qatar. Will this be the last time we see the Frenchman on these shores?