Arsenal Transfer News: Younes Belhanda Good Value Target for Gunners

Tristan Barclay@@tjbbarclayContributor IApril 10, 2014

Rapid's Thanos Petsos, left, and Dynamo Kyiv's Younes Belhanda  challenge for the ball, during the Europa League  group G soccer match between SK Rapid Wien and FC Dynamo Kyiv, in Kiev Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Efrem Lukatsky

Arsenal have received a boost in their hunt for Younes Belhanda's signature in what would be a value-for-money signing for the north London club.

Belhanda is understood to have expressed keen interest in moving to the Premier League, with Jamie Sanderson of the Metro reporting that the Moroccan is open to a move away from current club Dynamo Kiev.

Belhanda told France Football, via Sanderson of the Metro:

How long will I stay at Dynamo? I don’t know. If I have opportunities to go higher, I will seize them.

I am dreaming about England. Every player wants to play in England one day. I have to experience that.

My favourite club? Arsenal, of course.

The 24-year-old could set the Gunners back around £12 million, but after blowing £42.5 million on Mesut Ozil, they are unlikely to balk at the price tag.

For that money, Belhanda represents good value. While it is true that Arsene Wenger has an abundance of attacking midfield options, his Arsenal side have looked woefully underpowered as the Premier League nears its climax.

Last Sunday's 3-0 defeat by Everton saw a midfield anchored by Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla completely overrun at Goodison Park. Belhanda could be the man to add some much-needed dynamism to a weary-looking Arsenal line-up.

The playmaker is also able to chip in with goals from midfield. He has netted six times for Dynamo in 15 league appearances this season, via, goals Arsenal could use as they have so obviously missed the free-scoring Aaron Ramsey in the second half of this season.

However, one possible spanner in the works could come from Belhanda's former club, Montpellier. The French side is understood to be keen on taking him back, particularly if reports of questionable financing are to be believed:

After Belhanda's comments, however, it looks as if Arsenal have little to fear from Ligue 1. If the Moroccan is to leave Kiev this summer, London seems the most likely destination.