Arsenal have reportedly turned down a £10m bid from West Brom for Kieran Gibbs, hoping to get closer to £12m for the defender.
Gibbs, 27, is one of a number of players who have been told they can leave Arsenal this summer but Arsenal are not going to let their Academy man leave for pennies.
West Brom have been leading the chase for his signature for a while with Tony Pulis identifying Gibbs as the best left-back option available for his club this summer.
With just a £2m difference between the sides when it comes to Gibb’s valuation you would have thought that it was just a matter of time before a deal is struck for Kieran. Not so it seems as Tomny Pulis ruled out any deal.
“We won’t be signing Kieran Gibbs,” Pulis said after West Brom’s 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Asia Trophy on Saturday.
“We have to look for players that fit what we want to do and the way we want to play.
“We have three or four other targets we are desperate for.
“We are juggling with two at the moment and that’s not Gibbs.
“Hopefully by the time we get back home we will have done those two.”
Although Gibbs long ago fell down the pecking order at the club, it will be a sad day when he finally leaves.
A loyal player who never complained about not playing, Gibbs has been at Arsenal since he joined from the Wimbledon Academy in 2004 when he was just 15.