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Arsenal goalkeeper close to joining Wolves on loan

The 22-year-old Argentinian has little hope of first-team football under Arsene Wenger following the £10m arrival of Petr Cech and the fine form of David Ospina last season.

Martinez has a bright future in the game. Credit: PA

Martinez's departure would, however, also represent a risk for Wenger - Wojciech Szczesny has already been loaned to Roma and Martinez's departure would leave Arsenal with only two senior goalkeepers.

Former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe is already at Wolves, who tweeted: "(Manager Kenny) Jackett has confirmed that Wolves have a verbal agreement with @Arsenal for the loan of Emiliano Martinez. Hopefully completed today."

Martinez was last season loaned to Wolves' Championship rivals Rotherham, whose manager Steve Evans said: "(He was) great for us.

"We're going to be watching Emi on Match of the Day in six to eight months and then for a number of years as Arsenal's No 1."


Stoke captain Shawcross ruled out for two months

Shawcross will miss the start of the season for Stoke. Credit: PA

Defender Ryan Shawcross is to undergo back surgery and will be out for at least two months, Stoke have announced.

Shawcross was limited to barely an hour of pre-season action because of a recurring back problem, and Stoke's medical department have decided surgery is the only option.

The Potters captain has only missed 12 Premier League games in the past five seasons.


Leicester complete Yohan Benalouane transfer

Atalanta defender and former France under-21 international, Yohan Benalouane, has join Leicester in a deal worth £5.6m

Benalouane, 28, was cautioned 15 times in 28 appearances for Atalanta last season, and received his marching orders during a 4-1 defeat against Inter Milan in February.

Aston Villa announce signing of French midfielder

Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of French midfielder Jordan Veretout on a five-year deal.

Jordan Veretout has signed a five-year deal at Aston Villa Credit:

The 22 year-old has arrived for an undisclosed fee from Ligue 1 outfit Nantes, where he scored seven league goals in 36 matches last season.

Veretout collected nine caps for France's under-21 team between 2013 and 2014, but has never been selected for the senior squad.

He joins fellow summer signings at Villa Park Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew and Jose Angel Crespo.

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