Arsenal have reportedly made a £4million bid to bring Florian Thauvin to the club.
The Daily Express claims Arsene Wenger has made the first move for the 19-year-old midfielder, who has also been linked with Premier League rivals Newcastle United.
French paper Nice Matin goes on to report that Arsenal’s £4million offer is double what the Magpies have bid however, and that the Gunners are now ahead of Alan Pardew’s side in the race to land the player.
A stumbling block is likely to be when the player would leave Bastia though, with last season’s Ligue 2 champions wanting to keep hold of Thauvin until the end of the season. The same publication claims Wenger wants to sign the teenager in January.
Thauvin started his senior career at Grenoble, before moving to the Stade Armand Cesari in the summer of 2011.
His form helped Frédéric Hantz‘s side gain promotion to Ligue 1 last term, and this season the central midfielder has notched three goals in 17 appearances.
Arsenal boss Wenger confirmed earlier today that he’s working hard to bring players to the Emirates Stadium, and is hoping to add two players in the final week of the window.
“Yes [I still want two signings]. We work very hard on it,” he told the official Arsenal website.
Whether Thauvin becomes one of those two, only time will tell in north London.