Arsenal youngster Matt Smith targeted for loan or permanent transfer by German outfit Augsburg with QPR also interested

    ARSENAL star Matt Smith is wanted by Augsburg and a number of Championship sides on transfer deadline day.

    The Gunners midfielder has struggled to break into Mikel Arteta’s first-team despite appearing on the bench throughout the season.

    Matt Smith is attracting interest from several clubs


    Matt Smith is attracting interest from several clubsCredit: Getty

    The 22-year-old is keen for more action, with talks over a loan or permanent move continuing ahead of the 11pm closure.

    SunSport understands German club Augsburg are interested in bringing Smith to the Bundesliga.

    It is also believed QPR along with a number of other sides in the EFL want to snap him up.

    Arsenal would be willing to let him leave this month, but potentially only if a replacement came in.

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    The Gunners want to sign a defensive midfielder, with Moises Caicedo top of their wishlist.

    The Brighton star wants to move to the Emirates and hopes a deal can be struck late on.

    The Seagulls are demanding around £80m-plus for the Ecuadorian, but Arteta is reluctant to pay that.

    A bid of around £70m plus £5m in addons is set to be launched, in what could be Arsenal’s final offer.

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    Arsenal are closing on the signing of Jorginho and could end their pursuit of Caicedo if they land the Italian.

    The move has come about because fellow Blues midfielder Conor Gallagher is believed to have rejected a move to Everton.


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