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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to rekindle his interest in West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie, according to reports.

The Daily Mail is one of a handful of national newspapers to claim that the Gunners are preparing a summer bid for the player, who has notched 10 goals for the Baggies in the top flight this term.

An £8 million valuation stopped Arsenal from making a move for the player last summer, with Wenger reluctant to part with such a figure for the 30-year-old.

However, the former Lokomotiv Moscow star has hit a fine run of form in the Premier League in recent weeks, scooping the Player of the Month for February with a hat-trick at Wolves and brace against Sunderland when they visited the Hawthorns.

After signing a new deal at the Midlands club last summer, Odemwingie then rejected an offer from mega-rich Anzhi Makhachkala in January. Whether he would be able to do the same if Arsenal came calling is up for debate.

With the weight of expectation on Robin Van Persie’s shoulders, Arsenal boss Wenger has unsurprisingly been linked with a number of strikers in recent months, with French hitman Olivier Giroud one of those thought to be on the Emirates Stadium radar.

Gervinho and Park Chu-Young have both failed to inspire when given their brief opportunities at the highest level for the Gunners, leaving the French manager to consider his options for the end of the season.

The 43-year-old trainer would not talk about being linked to the vacant role at Stamford Bridge yet did offer some words of comfort for the recently fired coach.
The 43-year-old, who represented the Stamford Bridge outfit for a season near the tail end of his career, did, however, declare he is saddened by Villas-Boas' dismissal.

Chelsea parted company with the manager after employing him in the summer and have placed Roberto Di Matteo in charge of the team on an interim basis until the end of the season.

However, Deschamps was unwilling to talk about the role at a press conference on Monday, instead looking to focus on his current side.

"Today I am here [at Marseille]. There are so many things that are said about players and coaches, it's part of the game. All I know is that there are several challenges here in the next two and a half months," he told reporters.

When talking about Villas-Boas, the former France captain stated: "The reality is that there is a coach who was removed from his office. For me it is always said because it's a tough job.

"No matter what country, team or coach, it never makes me happy to see someone dismissed. Although when you do this job, it can happen any time."

Deschamps takes his team to Evian on Tuesday evening as they look to build on their current eighth-place standing in Ligue 1.

New Anzhi Makhachkala coach Guus Hiddink picked up a €50,000 bonus after his side defeated Dynamo Moscow on Monday, the veteran trainer's first game in charge of the big-spending Russian side, according to Voetbal International.
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