Date: 18th April 2010 at 9:35am
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Newcastle United are bracing themselves for a transfer melee involving topgun Kevin Nolan in the summer, with Arsenal among the suitors for the talented 28-year-old.

Reports in the local press, and news out of the Emirates suggest that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been monitoring Nolan’s progress throughout the Championship season and is said to be readying a bid of £5 million for the Toon midfielder.

The Gunners are in the market for a combative midfielder and Nolan fits the bill perfectly.

Toon gaffer Chris Hughton is unwilling to sell the former Bolton captain,but news out of St James’ Park indicates that any bid north of £6 million would take matters out of Hughton’s hands and into that of owner Mike Ashley.