Arsenal have upped their interest in Swiss international midfielder Gokhan Inler, according to reports.
The Udinese star was heavily linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League in the summer, with former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson thought to be keen on bringing the player to Anfield.
However, press reports in Italy now claim Arsenal have stepped up their interest in the £8 million-rated player, with talkSPORT claiming the Gunners have jumped 'to the head of the queue' in the race to sign the player.
A model of consistency in Serie 'A', Inler moved to the Zebrete from FC Zurich with a hard-man reputation. He's missed just one game for his club this season in a holding midfield role though, and chipped in with three goals also.
Arsenal are thought to have transfer funds at their disposal this summer, with Arsene Wenger finally promised funds after bumper profits were announced at the Emirates pre-christmas.
A centre back and striker are also thought to be on the Frenchman's agenda, with the manager keen to strengthen the Arsenal squad further for next season.
Whilst Hodgson departed Merseyside in January, Liverpool are still thought to have kept tabs on the player and could return with a bid for the player come the end-of-the-season.
Originally viewed as a potential Javier Mascherano replacement, Liverpool could turn to Inler amidst reports that the club are set to sell Christian Poulsen this summer.