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Alan 11:26 Wed Oct 6
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Germany and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, 28, says he does not allow himself to get distracted by rumours linking him to the likes of Bayern Munich. (Mirror)

With Rudiger's contract due to expire next summer, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is keen for the centre-back to sign a new deal, with rivals Tottenham interested in signing him for free. (Express)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is hopeful Paris St-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe, 22, will join the club in 2022. (El Debate - in Spanish)

PSG sporting director Leonardo has accused Real Madrid of a lack of respect in their pursuit of Mbappe. (L'Equipe, via Mirror)

Fiorentina say 21-year-old Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic, linked with Arsenal and Tottenham, has not accepted a new contract with the Serie A club. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool are still interested in Torino defender Bremer, 24, but have been joined by Manchester United and Manchester City in the pursuit of the Brazilian. (Calciomercato via TeamTalk)

Red Bull Salzburg want between £25m and £34m for 19-year-old Germany striker Karim Adeyemi, who is a target for Liverpool and Bayern Munich. (Sky Germany - in German)

Manchester United are looking at signing a right-back in January, with 19-year-old Rangers and Scotland defender Nathan Patterson and Norwich City's English full-back Max Aarons, 21, on their radar. (90 Min)

England midfielder Harry Winks wants to leave Tottenham on loan during the January transfer window and the 25-year-old is open to moving abroad. (Times - subscription required)

Juventus are prepared to part with 23-year-old American midfielder Weston McKennie, who is wanted by Tottenham and West Ham. (TeamTalk)

Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, 25, is ready to join Inter Milan as a free agent in 2022. (Fabrizio Romano)

Southampton are looking at a January deal for Fulham's 19-year-old Portuguese attacker Fabio Carvalho. (TeamTalk)

Bernd Leno, 29, is in danger of becoming Germany's second-choice goalkeeper, which would make his exit from Arsenal in January look more likely. (Fussball.News, via Star)

Netherlands international Memphis Depay, 27, has insisted he does not regret joining Barcelona from Lyon in the summer, despite the Spanish club's struggles on and off the pitch. (ESPN, via Mirror)

The Hard Tackle

Arsenal, West Ham keeping tabs on Dani Vivian

Arsenal and West Ham United are reportedly keeping tabs on the development of 22-year-old Athletic Bilbao defender Dani Vivian, along with Wolves.

According to a report from Spanish publication Fichajes, Arsenal and West Ham United are closely monitoring the progress of Athletic Bilbao defender Dani Vivian after his promising start to the new season.

Vivian started out at the academy of Santutxu and spent a season at CD Basconia, before signing for Athletic Bilbao in 2017. After spending the first three years of his stint with the club’s B team, the 22-year-old centre-back spent the last season away on loan with lower league outfit CD Mirandes.

Back at Athletic, injuries to senior defenders saw Vivian be given a chance in the side by manager Marcelino and he has made the most of his opportunities. Indeed, in his seven La Liga appearances, the 22-year-old Spaniard has scored one goal, while impressing with his physicality and aerial ability at the back.

In addition, Vivian has been dribbled past just once in seven games so far, while averaging six ball recoveries per game. Based on the statistics, the Spanish centre-back has emerged as one of the best in La Liga. This has now put him on the radars of several Premier League clubs including Arsenal and West Ham United.

Arsenal strengthened their defence this summer with the signing of Ben White, who, after a stuttering start, is starting to grow in stature, alongside Gabriel Magalhaes. But with Rob Holding not finding favour under Mikel Arteta and Calum Chambers’ sketchy record with injuries, it would make sense for the Gunners to bring in a new defender.

Vivian, at 22, fits the age profile of players that Arteta is looking to build his Arsenal team around. And with a release clause of €40 million, he would be very much in the affordable price range for the north London giants. However, they will need to potentially face competition from fellow London club, West Ham United.

Like Arsenal, the Hammers to bolstered their defence with Kurt Zouma’s signing from Chelsea. But with Angelo Ogbonna not getting any younger and Craig Dawson also in his thirties, it wouldn’t be the worst idea for David Moyes & co. to look to add another young centre-half to their ranks, making Vivian a viable option to consider.

Apart from Arsenal and West Ham, Wolves are also looking at the 22-year-old defender. It remains to be seen if any of the clubs to decide to formalise their interest in Vivian in the future. For now, they are keeping tabs on the Athletic Bilbao defender.

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