Transfer Rumour Rater: Youssouf Mulumbu Linked with Surprise Arsenal Switch

Joshua HaywardContributor IDecember 3, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Youssuf Mulumbu of West Bromwich Albion  in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park on November 30, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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In one of the more surprising transfer rumours, West Bromwich Albion's Youssouf Mulumbu has been linked with a shock switch to Premier League leaders Arsenal.

As reported by The Guardian's Barry Glendenning, the Congolese international has attracted attention from Arsene Wenger following a stellar 2012/13 campaign followed by an impressive start to this term.

The former Paris Saint-Germain player was given an opportunity at the Hawthorns after the Ligue 1 side had deemed him surplus to requirements and now face losing him to a side that can offer European football.

It appears that Mulumbu's head has been turned amid the speculation, with Glendenning reporting the midfielder as saying:

I have had approaches from Arsenal. I could leave this winter. This is the right time for me to set my sights higher.

I'm ready to join a top four club. We are not professional enough in the way we manage our games – for example our draw at Chelsea. We are not mature enough.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke will surely not be too impressed with his player's comments. However, the Baggies have had to deal with want-away players in the past—Peter Odemwingie a prime example—and will not be held to ransom because of Mulumbu's outburst.