Arsenal eyeing January bids for Huntelaar and Newcastle’s Ba

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Arsenal’s dire defeat at the hands of an excellent Swansea City at the weekend looks to have finally persuaded Arsene Wenger to dip his hand into his pocket this January.

According to the latest rumours, Wenger is preparing bids for strikers Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Demba Ba as he looks to strengthen his side’s flagging Champions League qualification bid.

The Daily Mail is reporting that, after weeks of speculation, Arsenal will shore-up a bid for Schalke striker Huntelaar and could get him for as little as £6 million, with the Dutch striker’s contract running out in the summer.

However, therein lies another problem for the Gunnners.

If he waits until the end of the season to leave on a free, he could negotiate a massive payday for himself and whether Arsenal will want to offer him the wages he’d surely demand is extremely doubtful.

Meanwhile, the Sun reckons that Ba’s £7.5 million buy-out clause could finally be activated by Arsenal in the New Year.

It’s been known for over a year that Ba has the clause in his contract but, after his somewhat disappointing season last term, no side stepped in for the Senegalese man. He’s hit 10 goals already this term though and that form looks to have convinced Wenger to part with some wedge.

Both players would undoubtedly be a huge improvement on what Arsenal currently have at the disposal, with neither Lukas Podolski or Olivier Giroud exactly setting the Premier League alight since their summer moves.

The Gunners have drifted out to a massive 80/1 to win the Premier League this term and are currently languishing in 10th place after the worst start to Wenger’s managerial reign at the Emirates.

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