Arsenal in three-way battle after making Champ keeper a ‘top target’

Arsenal are among the clubs interested in giving QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng the step up to the Premier League, a report claims.

Dieng has started 20 games in the Championship this season. He has kept four clean sheets and has only conceded more than two goals in two games.

The Swiss international has been a standout player in the second tier and could be rewarded with a transfer to the top flight.

According to The Sun, there are three contenders to take Dieng to the Premier League.

Arsenal, Leeds and Crystal Palace are all said to have made the 26-year-old their “top target” for the January transfer window.

All three clubs signed goalkeepers in the summer, but are still keen to strengthen the role. Jack Butland hasn’t played for Palace yet, for example, and Runar Alex Runarsson has struggled to dislodge Bernd Leno at Arsenal.

Therefore, they could be looking for a new shot-stopper to provide competition.

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Last season, Arsenal had Leno and Emiliano Martinez fighting for the number one jersey. The latter had a strong run of games towards the end of the season, but the German regained the starting role when he returned from injury.

That prompted Martinez to leave for Aston Villa, where he has continued to impress.

Runarsson waiting for Prem debut

Runarsson has not been pushing Leno in the same way, and is yet to play in the Premier League. He did not help his case by making a big mistake in the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City last month.

That means Arsenal could still be in the market for a new keeper.

Dieng could be an option after taking his chance to impress this season. He had been at QPR since 2016, but spent a lot of time out on loan.

Since proving himself as number one at Loftus Road, he has kept hold of the starting gloves and could even be outgrowing the level he is currently playing at.

Therefore, QPR could lose him midway through the season to a Premier League side.

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