There have been some reports that Arsenal will end their interest in Rennes defensive Midfielder Yann M’Vila during this transfer window after it has been speculated that they are ‘refusing’ to battle it out with QPR and Zenit St. Petersburg for his signature.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of French midfielder M’Vila, having persued him in the last two summer transfer windows, but has never lodged a formal bid.

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Indeed, it’s thought that despite Wenger’s desire to bring the 22-year-old to England, he has growing concerns over his string of disciplinary problems, and has put any move on ice.

The news comes after Rennes reportedly offered Arsenal a cut-price £8million deal for M’Vila last week – which was refused by Wenger, despite his price tag being cut in half in the last 12 months. (The Metro)

It is strange for Wenger to refuse such a great deal for a top-quality defensive midfielder, but we are now nine days in and the Gunners fans are no closer to seeing any new arrivals than they were a month ago. But what is clear is that they need to add more steel and bite to that midfield and M’Vila would have been the ideal man to give them just that.