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Report: Newcastle and West Ham battling Dortmund for Arsenal loanee, rated at £21m

German newspaper Bild report that Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle and West Ham are all showing interest in out-on-loan Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos. A fee of £21million might be needed.

Mavropanos, 24, is currently shining in his second season on loan at Stuttgart. Having helped the German side finish in a lofty ninth place last term, the Greece international has established himself as first choice.

He has started 13 of Stuttgart’s 15 Bundesliga matches – missing two due to a muscle injury. In that time, he has scored four goals and got another one in his two DFB Pokal appearances this term.

Bild claim that Dortmund are interested, as he shines in German football. Stuttgart have the option of signing Mavropanos for a bargain £2.5million, but Stuttgart could immediately sell him on.

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The report states that Stuttgart would be tempted to sell him for an immediate profit, if £21million is tabled. Newcastle and West Ham are also said to be interested in the defender.

Newcastle, West Ham eye Mavropanos: Arsenal star over-priced at £21m

What is for certain, is that Stuttgart have got themselves a bargain in Mavropanos – with the option to sign him for just £2.5million. Certainly, Stuttgart will receive a profit when they buy, and then sell.

But is he worth £21million? Given he failed to break into Arsenal’s side? Probably not. A fee between £12million and £15million is certainly fairer – and would be a good deal for all involved.

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