Arsenal transfer news: Gunners eye soon-to-be out of contract Charlton midfielder Joe Aribo 

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Charlton are desperate to get the 22-year-old to tie down his future at the Valley

Arsenal are interested in signing Charlton midfielder Joe Aribo this summer, according to reports.

The Addicks are desperate to keep hold of the 22-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Joe Aribo is one of the first names on the Charlton team sheet

Joe Aribo is one of the first names on the Charlton team sheet

Aribo has scored six goals in 28 appearances to help his side climb to fifth in the League One table.

And The Mirror claim Arsenal have watched Aribo ‘a number of times’ this season.

The Gunners would be able to land the former Staines Town ace for a small compensation fee due to his age.

Frankfurt and Benfica are also believed to be interested in Aribo, who made his Addicks debut in 2015.

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He starred for Charlton in their 2-1 win over promotion rivals Portsmouth earlier this month.

Charlton offered Aribo a new deal, on half of his current weekly wage, which was rejected last summer.

But Addicks boss Lee Bowyer revealed Aribo has told him he wants to stay at the Valley.

In February, Bowyer said: “We’re working on it, we’re working hard. I’m hopeful that he’ll sign.

“He has said to me personally that he wants to sign, all we can do is keep trying, trying and get it over the line but it’s not through lack of effort, trust me.”

Aribo has made 86 appearances for Charlton, scoring 11 goals.

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