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Arsenal plan shock bid for Watford star

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to make a shock bid for Watford star Adrian Mariappa.

The Sun reports that Wenger is ready to reinforce his defence before the January transfer window closes.

Newcastle have long been linked with the 25-year-old and have had a bid of around 1.5million rejected.

Watford are demanding 4million, but are reportedly ready to accept just over 2million.

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