Villa and Newcastle are also interested in Aurier.
The race to sign Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier is hotting up as Aston Villa and Newcastle United join Arsenal in the pursuit, according to the Sun.
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The £6m rated defender has been a long-term target for the Gunners as they look for a replacement for contract rebel Bacary Sagna at the Emirtaes Stadium.
Sagna’s current contract with the club expires at the end of the season and whilst negotiations for a new one have been ongoing, no agreement has been reached.
Aurier is a player very much in the mould of the France international as well, with the desire to break forward at any given opportunity and a keen eye for a pass or cross.
However, with the north Londoners having yet to complete a deal for the 21-year-old, both Villa and Newcastle are preparing to make a move instead.
Paul Lambert wants new recruitment on the right side of defence due to the drop in form of both Alan Hutton and Matthew Lowton, whilst Alan Pardew wants to begin an overhaul of his squad at St James’ Park.
Aurier has been impressing in Ligue 1 this term with five goals and seven assists in 27 league matches and has been a regular in the starting XI since a transfer from Lens in January 2012.
The Ivory Coast international has played 73 times for Toulouse to date and also has six caps for the national team, with the ability to also play at right midfield or even in central defence.
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