Arsene Wenger may have started to spend a lot more money on Arsenal transfers in the last couple of years, with the smashing to pieces of the Arsenal transfer record for Mesut Ozil a huge surprise to everyone. And the Frenchman has followed that stunning deal up as well, with decent money spent on Chambers, Debuchy and Welbeck last summer as well as over £30 million on Alexis Sanchez, although that now looks an absolute steal.
But a leopard cannot change its spots entirely so you know that Wenger is still always looking for a bargain and would hate to spend more on a player than he thought they were worth. That may still end up costing us as well, according to a report in The Mirror which claims that the Gunners are going to miss out on the January transfer of the West Ham and New Zealand international defender Winston Reid.
The reason, apparently, is that we are not willing to meet West Ham’s valuation of their centre back and Reid himself is not too bothered as he knows that his ability to leave on a free transfer in the summer could help to earn him a better contract.
In fact, the report claims that our north London rivals Tottenham have made it clear that they will give Reid the £60,000 a week and £1 million signing on fee that he wants. So unless Wenger is willing to dig a bit deeper into the Arsenal coffers, our January transfer plans could be at real risk of being mashed by the spuds.