Arsenal are reportedly considering a bid for French international defender Mahamadou Sakho.
The 20-year-old Paris Saint-Germain centre back has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in recent months, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger closely monitoring the player.
With only a week left in the transfer window and the Gunners desperate to strengthen in the core position, the Metro claims that Arsenal are preparing an 'audacious' bid to bring the versatile youngster to north London.
"We’re nowhere near [finding a replacement]. At the moment I’m not too confident,’ Wenger said in a press conference ahead of tonight's Carling Cup semi-final second leg clash against Ipswich.
Sakho has impressed for PSG since making his debut in late 2007, and has been a regular for the Ligue 1 outfit in the past two seasons.
Laurent Blanc rewarded his impressive form with a call-up to the Les Bleus side in the friendly against England in November, a match which Wenger was reportedly scouting the player along with a number of his French colleagues.
Per Mertesacker, Chris Samba and Richard Dunne have also been linked with an Arsenal switch during the current window, but Sakho now appears to be the last chance for the Emirates outfit.
With Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastien Squillaci still struggling to recover from injuries, the Gunners remain light in the position as Arsenal look to end their barren spell of five years without a trophy.
Four opportunities still present themselves in north London, and strengthening in the position could be the difference between success and failure this season.