Arsenal to scout Diame at Old Trafford as they weigh up January bid

By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Arsenal will scout Mohamed Diame at Old Trafford on Wednesday night as they weigh up a January bid for the West Ham midfielder.

As revealed by Goal.com, the north Londoners identified Diame as a target in early December but want to be fully convinced of his fitness before making a formal move.

The Senegal international has a €4.2 million trigger clause written in the contract he signed after joining the Hammers on a free from Wigan Athletic last summer.

Arsene Wenger regards Diame as good value and has been biding his time while the midfield powerhouse recovers from the hamstring injury that he sustained in West Ham’s defeat against Liverpool on December 9.

West Ham are in talks to offer Diame a new contract that will increase both his wages and the release clause but his future at Upton Park is in doubt until he commits.

Arsenal want a midfielder who can come straight into the team and make an immediate impact, a necessity that is even greater given the calf injury that will keep Mikel Arteta out for at least another fortnight.

Wenger’s scouts will closely monitor the fitness of Diame, who was in outstanding form before his injury and is now fit again following his spell on the sidelines, before trying to tempt him across London.

The 25-year-old was an unused substitute for West Ham’s defeat at Sunderland last Saturday and will travel with the team for the FA Cup third round replay at Manchester United on Wednesday.

Arsenal are yet to make any January signings but remain in the market for a striker, a goalkeeper and a central midfielder. The Gunners are also in a head-to-head battle with Manchester United to sign Wilfried Zaha, with talks with Crystal Palace scheduled for this week.

Arsenal made an enquiry for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy earlier this month, but were put off by the €12m asking price.

Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who can play in defence and as a midfield anchorman, is also on the radar but he is regarded as a more realistic target for the summer.

The Gunners’ midfield attention is now firmly centred on Diame and the club’s scouts will be closely monitoring his forthcoming performances.

Sneijder: My decision is not about money

Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder has insisted that his decision whether to join Galatasaray or not has nothing to do with money, and has voiced his dismay with the way the Nerazzurri are trying to put pressure on him.

Club president Massimo Moratti urged the Netherlands international earlier this week to make up his mind quickly, but the player has made it clear that he will not be forced into make a rushed decision on his future.

“This is not about the money,” Sneijder was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Like every player who could be on the move this window, I have to make a decision by January 31. I do not want to rush anything, and I don’t like it how Inter have put pressure on me.

“I am almost being forced to make a rushed decision about my future at a crucial moment in my life. After all that’s happened in the past few months, I feel that I do not deserve to be pressured like this.”

Sneijder has not featured for Inter since September 2012 after he was frozen out over a contract dispute, and he is widely expected to leave the Giuseppe Meazza side this window.

Redknapp confirms imminent Remy & M'Vila arrivals at QPR

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that the club are close to announcing deals for Marseille striker Loic Remy and Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.

Remy was initially expected to join the R’s Premier Legaue rivals Newcastle, but it appears that the west London club managed to secure his services with a late move for the France international, with Redknapp claiming that the deal is completed.

In addition, the former Spurs manager also confirmed that he expects to complete the signing of Remy’s international team-mate M’Vila. The 22 year-old is set to arrive at Loftus Road from French side Rennes.

The 65-year-old told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Loic Remy has had a medical and I think that’s all sorted now.”

And, on the imminent arrival of the French striker’s compatriot M’Vila from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes, he added: “The deal looks okay.”

However, the 65-year-old explained that the club had been initially unsuccessful in their pursuit of West brom forward Peter Odemwingie.

“We made an offer for [Peter] Odemwingie, he’s a good player, but it was turned down.”

BREAKING NEWS: Redknapp confirms imminent Remy & M'Vila arrivals at QPR

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that the club are close to announcing deals for Marseille striker Loic Remy and Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila

Remy was initially expected to join the R’s Premier Legaue rivals Newcastle, but it appears that the west London club managed to secure his services with a late move for the France international, with Redknapp claiming that the deal is completed.

In addition, the former Spurs manager also confirmed that he expects to complete the signing of Remy’s international team-mate M’Vila. The 22 year-old is set to arrive at Loftus Road from French side Rennes.

The 65-year-old told BBC 5 Live “Loic Remy has had a medical and I think that’s all sorted now.” and on the imminent arrival of his compatriot M’Vila he said “the deal looks okay.”

However, the 65-year-old explained that the club had been initially unsuccessful in their pursuit of West brom forward Peter Odemwingie.

“We made an offer for [Peter] Odemwingie, he’s a good player, but it was turned down.”

Vargas set to complete Gremio loan deal

Eduardo Vargas is set to join Gremio on a sixth-month loan deal on Wednesday.

The Napoli forward has been the subject of great interest from South America and after negotiations with Sao Paulo broke down, Partenopei sporting director Riccardo Bigon has revealed that Tricolor are now in pole position for the Chile international.

“Something happened with Vargas that I’d never seen before,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“He received many offers from South America and we are set to complete a transfer within hours, so it could be made official tomorrow.

“This shows the huge interest around Edu, who will gain experience in a different league. It will be a six-month loan with a series of options, but they will not have the option to buy him outright.”

Bigon also moved to play down rumours linking the Naples club with a move for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

“It is a very complicated situation and we are complete in terms of our strikeforce. It is a situation for the future.”