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Arsenal in the hunt for 10m Shakhtar ace Jadson - THE INSIDER

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15 Aug 2011 13:53:37

Arsenal in the hunt for 10m Shakhtar ace Jadson - THE INSIDER

Simon Jones is Sportsmail's man on the inside of all the major transfer moves this summer. His column, published every weekday, offers an insight into the deals which will be done and those that won't - and why. A 5/5-rating means The Insider reckons it's a done deal; 0/5 means The Insider has his mortgage on it not happening. Don't miss your daily Insider instalment here.  MODIBO MAIGA Sochaux to Newcastle THE INSIDER says: 3/5 LARS JACOBSEN West Ham to WiganTHE INSIDER says: 3/5 Newcastle are making a push this week to bring in two new key players and could yet add a loan also. Manager Alan Pardew is hopeful that terms can be agreed with PSV Eindhoven over left-back Erik Pieters after they increased their offer to ?7million. Then there is the one that Newcastle fans have been waiting for - their new centre forward. Pardew is a fan of Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner and Tottenham's Peter Crouch but both are at the top end of Newcastle's budget and on decent wages. Of the two Bendtner is more affordable at ?52,000 per week but Arsenal are trying to get clubs to pay their ?11m valuation. Stoke have shown strong interest and Sunderland have been discussed but Pardew has had good reports on Sochaux striker Maiga and thinks there may be a better bargain to be had. Maiga is 24 next month and is one of the star turns in the Mali national side. He is quick and powerful but has only really had one good season in France which was last year when he scored 15 goals in 36 games. Sochaux don't want to sell but Maiga is keen to move and that augurs well for Newcastle. There are concerns though about whether he can be the centre forward the fans crave. However, with the French speaking contingent he shouldn't have any problem settling in. The Danish full-back is a free agent after turning down a new deal at West Ham and is interesting a few clubs as he has Premier League experience. He may not be the best defender but is competent enough to add depth to a squad. He played 26 games for West Ham last season and is still fit enough at 31 despite a few injuries over recent seasons. He is a right back but can also fit in at left if required. Rangers and Celtic have both considered him while Roberto Martinez is looking to bring in four new players with two big names and a couple to bolster his squad. Jacobsen falls into the latter but may have to wait before being snapped up as being a free agent makes him more flexible and clubs will sometimes leave it to the last minute before making a decision. Martinez is keen on West Brom's Peter Odemwingie but fears being outbid by bigger clubs in a move for the Nigerian. He also wants to keep Hugo Rodallega and hopes to tie him to a new deal. Martinez is also looking at his favourite haunt Spain for a few bargains. He has missed out on Nelson Valdez of Hercules but may have more success in a move for young left-back Jessua Andrea Angoy Cruyff from Barcelona who is the 17-year-old grandson of Johann Cuyff.  CHRISTIAN BENTEKEStandard Liege and EvertonTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 JADSON Shaktar Donetsk to Arsenal THE INSIDER says: 2/5 Everton have spent the past few years making regular scouting trips to Belgium having had success with Marouane Fellaini and have considered several players from the likes of Genk, Anderlecht and Liege. The Belgian national team is blessed with a lot of good young players and the teams below have a lot of promising talent. Benteke is 20-years old and has caught the eye. Not least because he is 6ft 3ins tall and very strong. He was prolific at U17 and U19 international level but that consistency of goalscoring has dropped as the competition level has improved. He went on loan to Mechelen last season and did reasonably well scoring six goals in 18 games and that followed an early call-up to the national side. However, Liege are still unsure about him and may look to loan him out again this season. That could appeal to a cash-strapped club like Everton but manager David Moyes is still unsure whether Benteke is good enough technically for the Premier League. The Congo-born striker is very good in the air and that may be what he is looking for to give Everton more physical presence but there are questions about his temperament also. Everton may start moving players on this week and that could give them better options if they get the right fees. Talks were expected to move on at pace today over the prospective ?10million transfer for Brazil midfielder Jadson. Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu confirmed last week: 'Jadson is wanted by Arsenal. Now it all depends on him.' And the 27-year-old responded with a tweet of 'My friends! If all goes well at the start of next week I will have news for you.' The former Atletico Paranaense player is something of a late developer and only earned his first national call-up in February before going on to be part of the Copa America squad. He has a fantastic goalscoring record and can play across the midfield with enough pace to fill in on the wings. His age goes against the normal profile for an Arsenal player but there is need for some experience in midfield with a lot expected from what young players are going to be left. Emmanuel Eboue has started talks with Galatasaray and that deal is expected to be finalised fairly quickly also. Arsene Wenger believes he still only needs a centre back and a central midfielder to bring his team up to strength but that leaves questions over whether a sometime powder-puff attack can bring trophies. However, Arsenal are desperately trying to keep Samir Nasri at the club for a little longer and if they convince him to stay the move for Jadson could be put on hold. Don't miss your daily instalment of The Insider every weekday through the transfer window here at MailOnline.  The Insider: Liverpool striker Ngog closer to Bolton move but Barton looks set to bypass StokeTHE INSIDER: Eto'o exit could lead Inter to Tevez while Sunderland eye loan deal for Kranjcar The Insider: Tuncay weighs up Premier League return as Sven eyes yet another Foxes signingThe Insider: Redknapp's striker search leads to Ruiz as Sunderland offer Bellamy a chance


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