Arsenal line up bid for Premier League midfielder
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is reportedly ready to quit the Midlands club, with Arsenal interested in bringing him to The Emirates.
The tough tackling Congo international arrived at The Hawthorns for a fee of just £175,000 from Paris Saint Germain in 2009, and after 4 years at the heart of the Baggies’ midfield, he is reportedly looking for a move.
Mulumbu has played over 150 Premier League games for West Brom, and has become a favourite amongst the Baggies supporters, forming a combative midfield partnership with the diminutive Claudio Yacob.
The Sun though, as reported by The Mirror, believe that a move may be on the horizon.
“I’ve had approaches from Arsenal,” said Mulumbu.
“I could leave this winter. This is the right time for me to set my sights higher. I’m ready to join a top-four club.
“We are not professional enough in the way we manage our games – for example our draw at Chelsea. We are not mature enough.”
With the midfielder still harbouring ambitions of playing in Europe, moving to the Gunners would give him the opportunity to do that.
But he would face stern competition from the talent already occupying their midfield, with Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini being just a few of the names fighting for a starting berth in the league leaders engine room.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal put a bid in for the Congolese enforcer, but there could be other areas in the North London club’s side that would benefit more from being strengthened in the January transfer window, with the club shorn of options up front.
It’s been reported that Mulumbu denied saying he wanted to leave the club, claiming he had been misquoted, but there is still uncertainty as to where the midfield man will be plying his trade when the winter window closes.