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West Brom line up attempt to sign out of favour Arsenal full back

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West Bromwich Albion remain keen on signing out of favour Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs, according to the Mirror.

The Baggies’ only significant outlay this summer has been £12m on Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez so far, and manager Tony Pulis is keen to strengthen his squad before the end of the transfer window.

They will however face a challenge in trying to convince Gibbs to lower his salary demands. The Mirror believe Watford pulled out of the running to sign the 27 year old because he wouldn’t compromise on his £80,000 a week wages he is currently paid at Arsenal.

The Gunners are keen to offload the defender with the player having only a year left on his contract, but if the full back continues to refuse to take a pay cut, he could decide to see out the remaining 12 months of his deal and leave on a free transfer next summer.

Gibbs is unlikely to be selected by manager Arsene Wenger unless there is an injury crisis. The left wing back role is currently occupied by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but new signing Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal could also be used in that position before the England international is even considered.

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