Birmingham City Chase Arsenal's Armand Traore - Reports

The Blues set their sights on another young Gunner as they look to provide depth to their squad...
Arsenal's Armand Traore is a target for Premier League new boys Birmingham City, according to News of the World.

The young French left-back will find first team football a struggle next season as Gael Clichy remains ahead of him in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium, and may favour a move away from the club.

The 19-year-old spent last season on loan to Portsmouth, and enjoyed a good run of games as a first team regular, meaning another loan move may be on the cards this summer.

The emergence of Kieran Gibbs at Emirates Stadium also means that the Frenchman's opportunities at the club may become limited.

Birmingham, meanwhile, are looking for cover for first team left-back David Murphy, who is out with a broken knee cap, and it is thought that manager Alex McLeish is on the lookout for a replacement.

It is also believed that the Scotsman is preparing a bid for Arsenal's young defender, with a view to taking the player on loan for the season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be open to negotiations for the player, and feels he will benefit from the number of first team chances he is sure to get at St. Andrews.

Nick Turner, Goal.com