Date: 29th May 2018 at 8:29pm
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is poised to seal his first major signing as manager, as edge close to an addition to strengthen their defensive ranks.

The BBC states are closing in on the services of Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos for a cut-price fee of £16m, another signing orchestrated by head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

Greece international Sokratis will join a strong former Dortmund contingent at the Emirates Stadium, following former team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Premier League and also joining up with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, signed from Manchester United in January.

are in need of defensive reinforcements after a shaky display throughout last season, while they also lost to retirement and have facing an extended stint on the sidelines with an achilles injury.

29-year-old Sokratis will add experience to defence, potentially partnering in the heart of the back-line – although speculation remains on his future.