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Dynamo Kiev are eager to get Arsenal to the negotiating table about centre-back Pape Diakhate after they initially baulked at the £7.25 million fee, according to the Daily Mail.

Diakhate, 26, is a powerful defender and is rumoured to have impressed Arsene Wenger when on loan at St Etienne last season. The French manager is still monitoring the market to boost his options at the back despite the arrival of Laurent Koscielny and had previously targeted the Senegal international.

Ligue 1 outfit Lille have also expressed an interest in Diakhate but have refused to pay more than £6 million. The Ukrainian giants hope Arsenal can be convinced to better this figure and bring the player to the Emirates.

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