Arsenal have opened a dialogue with Ligue 1 side Lyon over a potential deal for French international midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, reports Le 10 Sport.
Arsene Wenger was thought to be intent on adding striking reinforcements to his to his team following the season-ending injury to Theo Walcott.
However, the Gunners boss has sensed an opportunity to sign a long-term target in Gourcuff and, despite holding plenty of stock in midfield, has entered talks with Lyon over a permanent deal.
Lyon, who are currently experiencing financial difficulty, are keen to offload a high-earning star in the near future.
Napoli were thought to be in advanced talks to sign Maxime Gonalons but have since seen the deal break down, leaving Lyon keen to offload Gourcuff in a cut price deal.
Gourcuff's deal has just 18 months to run and is unlikely to renew meaning Arsenal will be able to sign the player for between £4m and £8m.
Le 10 Sport admit that the deal is still a long way away from agreement and is very much at a preliminary stage. But Lyon's eagerness to sell and Wenger's long-standing interest make a deal his January a real possibility.