ROBERT Pires, the highly-rated France and Metz striker, will decide within the next six weeks whether to join Arsenal. Pires, who would cost about ?5 million, has also attracted the interest of Newcastle United, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has closely monitored the progress of Pires, 24, who has eight international caps and is likely to play a key role for France in the World Cup finals in June. Frederic Dobraje, Pires' adviser, met Arsenal officials in England last week and reported back in favourable terms to his client. 'I've had a generous offer from Arsenal, although I understand there are other clubs interested in me as well,' Pires said. 'It is extremely tempting and very flattering, too. It proves that I am becoming known outside France.' Pires, Metz's leading scorer this season with 11 league goals, is under contract until 2000 but has a long-held desire to play abroad. He has talked at length with Patrick Vieira, the France and Arsenal midfield player, about the merits of playing in England. 'I've often discussed it with Patrick and, from his description, it sounds like paradise,' Pires said. 'What impresses me most is Arsenal's set-up and the commitment of the fans, which is something we lack in France. Going abroad is one of the main aims of my career. Players in England seem to enjoy far more freedom on the pitch. There is more space and no man-to-man marking, which will suit me. I will have more discussions with my agent before making up my mind but I want to have everything sorted out before the World Cup finals. I'll make my decision by early April.' Wenger sees Pires as a possible replacement for Ian Wright, 34, whose future at Highbury appears increasingly clouded because of injuries and loss of form. However, while Wenger might be open to offers for Wright, he is less likely to sanction the departure of Tony Adams, the Arsenal and England captain. Weekend reports suggested that Adams may be unsettled at the club, which he joined as a schoolboy, and was looking for a lucrative move to conclude his 15-year career. Manchester United, who were rebuffed in their attempts to buy him two years ago, and Rangers would probably lead the bidding. Yet although Adams, 31, is aware of the financial rewards now available in the Premier League and beyond, he still has more than a year left on his contract and is more concerned about the direction in which Arsenal are heading under Wenger. Any thoughts that he may have of leaving will be put aside until after the World Cup finals. Tottenham have strengthened their injury-depleted squad by signing Moussa Saib, the Algeria midfield player. Saib, 28, completed his move from Valencia, of Spain, for ?2.3 million and is expected to make his debut in the Premier League match against Bolton at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Ian Rush, the Newcastle United striker, has agreed to join First Division Sheffield United on a month's loan. He went straight into United's squad for the game against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Wednesday. Manchester City may be without Georgi Kinkladze, their Georgia midfield player, this weekend. Kinkladze, who asked for a transfer last week and has already attracted an inquiry from Howard Ken-dall, the Everton manager, has an ankle injury. 'If I want to change things around, it's possible I might have to sell him,' Joe Royle, the new City manager, said. 'There's been some talk with Howard but nothing more.'