West Ham hold key to Arsenal deadline day transfer with Houssem Aouar talks over

Arsenal are looking to strengthen their midfield before the transfer deadline but talks for Houssem Aouar are now over. The Gunners are now turning their attentions to Chelsea ace Jorginho but the Blues will only sell if they can recruit a replacement.

Frank Lampard is a known admirer of West Ham star Declan Rice and he could be the man brought into the club.

Chelsea have had a busy summer with the likes of Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz all arriving.

Arsenal have also recruited well with Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes, Dani Ceballos and Runar Alex Runarsson all making the switch to the Emirates.

The Gunners want to bring in Jorginho after any deal with Lyon for top target Aouar seems to now be over.

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Aouar had agreed to join Arsenal, permitting he did not receive an offer from Juventus or Barcelona.

However, the Gunners have been unable to satisfy the demands of Lyon, who were never set to on selling the player, remaining adamant that he would only leave if they received a suitable offer.

Arsenal have been short of funds and Arteta was told that he must raise funds to conclude any deal.

Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos has insisted his client will be going nowhere though.

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“Jorginho still has a three-year contract with Chelsea, this plus two,” he told 90min.

“I feel a lot of talk about Arsenal and PSG in the last few days, but the reality is that up to now, no official offer has arrived for the player.

“The transfer market closes on October 5, but the more time passes the more difficult it becomes to make such an important operation.

“So at the moment, I can say that it is just rumours.”

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He added: “He is happy at Chelsea, he started the season well and being the vice-captain at the moment.”

West Ham are believed to be interested in Ruben Loftus-Cheek which could help Chelsea negotiate a deal for Rice.

David Moyes has previously joked how he hoped it would take the ‘Bank of England’ to let Rice leave the club though.

Arsenal will hope any deal Chelsea can do for the England star is fast in order to free them up to open negotiations for Jorginho.

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