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Last Updated: Friday, 26 January 2007, 12:30 GMT
Wenger will not join Bale chase
Southampton defender Gareth Bale
Bale is the subject of intense speculation
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is not interested in signing Southampton youngster Gareth Bale.

The 17-year-old is attracting the interest of a host of clubs, with Manchester United and Tottenham believed to have had bids rejected.

But Wenger insists he is not about to join the race to sign the 10m-rated Wales international defender.

Wenger told Arsenal TV Online: "I like the player but we already have two left-backs here."

Bale has recently turned down Southampton's offer of a one-year extension to his contract.

Spurs are believed to have failed with a 6m bid for Bale and Manchester United's 8m offer was also rejected.

Saints boss George Burley is desperate to keep Bale - at least until the end of the season - but is resigned to losing the player at some stage.



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