Gunners keen to beat Reading to defender deal.
Arsenal are hoping to beat Reading to the signing of Zambian centre-half Stoppila Sunzu, reports the Daily Mirror.
Sunzu, 23, currently plays for TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo but has been training with the Royals over the past week and impressed in a training ground friendly on Thursday.
The relegation-battlers are hoping to agree a £2.5m fee for the versatile defender but it is understood that TP are holding out for £4m – a fee that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is willing to pay.
The Frenchman is an admirer of Sunzu, who claimed last month that he was on the verge of signing for the North London outfit.
“I will be travelling to England to sign a deal with Arsenal after the friendly game against Tanzania,” Sunzu claimed in December.
“I don’t know the details of the deal yet because I have not discussed with both Arsenal and TP Mazembe. However, I spoke to Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger who assured me that I would not be going to London for trials but to discuss personal terms and possibly sign a contract.”
But Sunzu has since had a change of heart and now hopes a deal can be done with Reading.
Sunzu said: “Everything went well. I’m happy because I passed the assessment and it’s now up to TP Mazembe and Reading to finalise the deal. When they do that, I will sign the contract right here.”
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