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Southampton full-back set for Arsenal loan

Arsenal are set to take Southampton full-back Cedric Soares on loan for the rest of the season.

The Portuguese international – part of the side that won Euro 2016 – is out of contract at St.Mary’s in the summer, but Arsenal are going to pay a £5 million loan fee for him, which includes covering his wages in full.

He will not be available or first-team action immediately, as he was taken off in Southampton’s last Premier League game against Crystal Palace with a knee ligament injury, which is expected to keep him out of action for up to three weeks.

Soares will be the second defender to join the club on laon before deadline day. On Wednesday it was confirmed that Pablo Mari was joining the club for the rest of the season from Brazilian club Flamengo, in a deal that included an option to buy the 26 year old in the summer.

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