Arsenal update: Walcott to sign before the City game, plus two new transfer targets

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The Theo Walcott deal story is now everywhere and even the BBC is reporting that the winger/striker will sign very shortly.

It reports

Arsenal are ready to stretch their rigid pay structure to push through a new deal for Theo Walcott, which could be signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Manchester City.

Press Association Sport understands the Gunners are ready to make Walcott among the highest-paid players at the club with a five-year contract worth around £90,000-a-week, which would be boosted by lucrative add-ons.

Goal, and several other sources suggest that Walcott’s team is at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground and that a deal will be agreed in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile Caught Offisde is running a story that Arsene Wenger will eschew big money targets in the window and is instead tracking two lesser known players.

Apparently the Arsenal manager is keen on Guingamp midfielder Giannelli Imbula, who is yet to make his debut for the French side. The source of the story is ESPN journalist @LaurensJulien who says that the fee could be as much as £7 million. Sounds unlikely…

Another player linked to Arsenal today is Mainz Hungarian striker Adám Szalai. The source of the story is German paper Bild which claims that Wenger is chasing the 6ft 4in target man who has scored nine teams already in the Bundesliga this season.

Neither story seems very credible, but there is very little noise about new signings coming out of The Emirates at the moment.