'Immediately' - David Ornstein reveals Arsenal bid for target is rejected by Premier League rivals

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Arsenal eye third-choice keeper behind David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale

Arsenal are reportedly pushing to sign the Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Dan Bentley but have had an offer rejected for the 30-year-old, according to the Athletic’s David Ornstein.

Mikel Arteta is hopeful of bringing in some cover for the goalkeeper position at the Emirates but it is apparent that they will have to up their bid if they wish to convince Wolves to say farewell to the Englishman. Bentley’s prospective Emirates arrival would also place him third choice behind the recently signed David Raya and former number one keeper Aaron Ramsdale, meaning the Gunners will likely remain reluctant to splash a huge amount of cash on him.

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Bentley has only enjoyed a handful of appearances for the Midlands club but it is reported that Wolves would only be willing to consider letting him go if they receive enough money to buy a new back-up goalkeeper.

Writing for the Athletic, Ornstein said: “Arsenal make opening offer for Wolves goalkeeper Dan Bentley. Proposal immediately turned down - well below #WWFC valuation of important squad member. #AFC targeting 30yo Englishman as 3rd choice to strengthen ranks in pre-season and beyond.”

Arsenal’s bid was said to be ‘considerably short’ and while the Gunners will be hopeful not to break the bank, Mikel Arteta will not be unaware of the experience he could bring into the squad.

If Bentley does make the move to north London, it would not be unfamiliar ground with the goalkeeper having spent time with the Gunners during his academy days. He first joined the Emirates at the age of 8 before leaving when he was 15. He first headed to Southend United, where he went on to make nearly 150 league appearances for them, before joining Brentford, Bristol City and most recently Wolverhampton last summer.

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He only has five Premier League appearances for the Molineux Stadium side but the club is hopeful of receiving £1 million for his services - a figure which Arsenal appear evidently unwilling to cough up as things currently stand.

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