Arsenal hijack Silvestre move

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Reports suggest Arsenal have joined the race to sign Manchester United's out of favour defender Mikael Silvestre.

The Frenchman had been on the brink of a move away from Old Trafford, reportedly for either Sunderland or Manchester City.

But Arsene Wenger, who is looking to bolster his defence, made his intentions clear to the defender and Silvestre is reportedly keen on the move south.

The former France international has been with United for nine years now after joining the club from Inter Milan for a fee of £4m.

But his first-team chances are going to be restricted this season. Alex Ferguson has plenty of cover in defence and has told the player he is free to leave the club.