Arsenal have held discussions with Chris Samba over a potential move to the Emirates Stadium, it has been claimed.
According to The Mirror, the north London club have recently been 'in talks' with the £12 million-rated Blackburn defender as they ramp up their quest to sign a dominant centre-back.
Samba, 27, is reported to have been identified by Arsene Wenger as a player with the potential to solve Arsenal's defensive problems by providing more imposing aerial ability.
Arsenal fell woefully short at set pieces in their own penalty area last season, and Wenger has since conceded that size may indeed matter, and is looking to recruit players with a significant physical presence.
At 6"4 and over 13st, Samba is certainly that, while the Congo international has previously said he would be open to a move to Arsenal, should the opportunity present itself.
Arsenal are also allegedly chasing Bolton centre-half Gary Cahill, with the 25-year-old also a target for Liverpool and Manchester City.
Manchester United new boy Phil Jones had also been a target for Arsenal but, despite meeting with Wenger, the 19-year-old opted against a move to the Gunners.