Highly rated Queens Park Rangers midfielder and captain, Adel Taarabt has expressed his desire to join Arsenal at the end of the current campaign reports the Metro.
The 21-year-old playmaker who was recently crowned the Npower Championship Player of the Year – reward for his many scintillating Loftus Road displays this season, is reportedly keen to move to one of the Barclays Premier League's biggest clubs.
The news will come as a major blow to Rangers fans who must have anticipated there would be a number of clubs circling over their prized asset.
But they may be surprised to hear of the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder's determination to leave the club that has rejuvenated his career, regardless of the outcome of their push for promotion to the top flight this season.
After an unsuccessful spell at White Hart Lane, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp sold Taarabt to Neil Warnock for little more than £1million – an absolute bargain on reflection.
Tottenham had also been rumoured to be interested in bringing the Moroccan star back to the Lane, but any potential move now looks to have been ruled out after Taarabt caused a stir earlier in the season by admitting he regretted signing for them in 2007.
Not only that, but Taarabt stuck the boot in further by saying he wished he had taken up an option to join Spurs' North London rivals Arsenal.
"I would have had a better chance at Arsenal. It was a mistake [joining Spurs]. I would progress with Arsene Wenger because he is one of the best managers in the world.
"I like the way Arsenal play. If Arsenal come, of course, I'll be very happy," he said.
Taarabt could be available for as little as £5million which would put him well within the notoriously frugal Arsene Wenger’s pricerange, should they wish to pursue their interest in the summer.