Villa Gunning for hopeless move

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David VillaPA PhotosDavid Villa is keen to play regularly leading into next year's World Cup

With just over a year to go until the 2014 World Cup, it's a desperate time for fringe players struggling to find regular football for both club and country. You wouldn't expect David Villa to be on the periphery, but the Barcelona striker is reportedly attempting to reignite contract negotiations with Arsenal, the Mirror reports. The Gunners were keen to sign Villa in the January transfer window but a deal couldn't be brokered due to wage issues and the Spaniard's desire to remain loyal to Barca. But the 31-year-old is reportedly frustrated at the lack of chances he is getting at the Camp Nou and has asked the Primera Division leaders for a playing guarantee next season. It is believed Villa would prefer a move to Arsenal where he may be able assert himself in the starting line-up, but Arsene Wenger's focus has turned elsewhere since the failed move in January.

Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic is tipped to be Arsenal's preferred recruit up front in the summer but Wenger is keen to make changes across the park and Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is now on the Gunners' radar, according to the Sun. The France Under-20 international has had a standout first season in La Liga, impressing Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid along the way. Wenger is rumoured to be keen to introduce a new holding midfielder at the Emirates and Kondogbia fits the bill, although the Gunners boss was coy on his chances of fending off rivals for the youngster's signature. "I don't really want to talk about Kondogbia too much because everyone's after him at the moment," Wenger said. "When you ask 'Are you also interested?', what do you expect me to say?"

Moving clubs has never been Emmanuel Adebayor's weakness and, as evidenced by 'that' celebration while playing for Manchester City against Arsenal, he is often happy to leave his footballing ties behind. But the Togo international isn't ready to leave Tottenham just yet, the Mirror says. According to reports, Spurs are keen to offload Adebayor in the summer to recruit a younger and more prolific striker. Christian Benteke, Braga forward Eder and QPR's Loic Remy are among the possible replacements for Andre Villas-Boas, but Adebayor will only leave for a salary equal to his current pay packet of £100,000 a week, which may leave Spurs struggling for offers.

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