Koscielny chasing Arsenal switch

16 June 2010 09:28
orient defender Laurent Koscielny wants to seal a move to Arsenal, according to his agent Stephane Canard.

Canard has revealed that talks are ongoing between Lorient and Arsenal over a potential deal.

It is understood the Gunners have made two bids for the defender, with their last being around £8.3million.

"French and foreign clubs have shown interest. Among them, there are the Gunners," Canard told France Football.

"It is difficult to not listen to someone like Arsene Wenger when he is attracted.

"Any player is tempted to work with him.

"Lorient's officials want to get an eight digit fee and negotiations have started. With some bonuses, we are not that far away."

Koscielny only moved to Lorient from Tours last year, but his progress has been outstanding.

And now a move to Arsenal is very much the player's preference.

"One year ago, coming to Brittany was a real sporting choice. During last season, German clubs showed interest, but it didn't go any further," Canard continued.

"Now it is different as the season is over. Without being critical of Lorient, Laurent is 24-year-old and has others ambitions.

"He recently called his chairman and coach to tell them he absolutely wants to join Arsenal."

Source: Team_Talk