Arsenal are keen on Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, but refuse to stump up £20million.
Tiote, who joined Newcastle from Dutch side FC Twente in 2010 for a bargain £3.5million, has earned rave reviews in the North East and signed a new long-term deal last year.
That tied him to St James' Park to 2017 but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger still hopes to land Tiote as he attempts to appease unrest among the Emirates faithful, who are set to see another star in Robin Van Persie leave the club this summer.
The North London side, however, will have to move quickly steal a march on Manchester United and Chelsea, who are also on the trail of the Ivory Coast star.
Chelsea are long-time admirers of Tiote, while it’s been an open secret that Sir Alex Ferguson has been looking to add to his midfield options.
All three clubs have baulked at the £20m price tag placed on him but Arsenal hope to tempt Newcastle into selling him for a much lower figure.