UPDATE: Arsenal and Valencia agree Coquelin fee

Arsenal are reportedly ready to sell midfielder Francis Coquelin in January, with West Ham and a number Ligue 1 clubs keen on his signature.

Coquelin was left out Arsenal’s squad for the Nottingham Forest game entirely despite not being injured.

A day later, the Mirror report Arsenal are willing to sell for as little as £10m. West Ham are believed to be interested, along with a number of clubs from France.

Coquelin has struggled for consistent game time at Arsenal this season. The 26-year-old has managed just 155 minutes of football in the Premier League. He’s played six games in the Carabao Cup and the Europa League, but hasn’t done a great deal to earn a first-team spot.

West Ham have been chasing a midfielder for many seasons due to Mark Noble’s inconsistency. They also led a highly public chase for Sporting CP’s William Carvalho in the summer, but couldn’t secure a deal.

Coquelin is said to be open to a move in order to get his career back on track. It’s hard to shake that the timing of the report is a little too convenient, but the Arsenal midfielder’s absence on Sunday may suggest something is going on behind the scenes.

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