Arsene Wenger is reportedly beginning to make a concerted effort to reinforce his midfield before the close of the transfer window by making a bid for France international Yann M'Vila.
According to The Guardian, the north London club have offered £12 million for the 21-year-old holding player, with his employers Rennes now allowing the Gunners to 'begin talks' with their client.
M'Vila has been linked with Arsenal in the past, but seemed to put to bed rumours suggesting he would leave the Route de Lorient by signing a contract extension until 2015.
However, with Arsenal's midfield ranks becoming increasingly depleted in recent weeks, the acquisition of combative influence has taken on an even greater importance for Wenger - hence his supposed move for M'Vila.
The Arsenal boss has been unable to select Jack Wilshere so far this season due to injury and, with Alex Song and now Emmanuel Frimpong suspended, he has little to chose from in the centre of the park.
A selection dilemma now awaits Wenger ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League playoff second-leg against Udinese, although the Frenchman is optimistic he may at least have Wilshere back to fitness.
Meanwhile, Wenger has also claimed he could start Samir Nasri in Udine, which would seemingly prove to be a serious issue when it comes to the 24-year-old's proposed move from Arsenal to Manchester City.