Arsenal are desperate to sign a box-to-box midfielder before the January transfer window closes on Friday after it was revealed that Aaron Ramsey faces six weeks out with a thigh injury, according to Goal.com.
With Jack Wilshere also suffering with long-standing ankle problems, Mikel Arteta feeling regular pain in his calves and Mathieu Flamini set for a four-match ban after being sent-off for a dangerous two-footed challenge against Southampton, the Gunners are currently faced with a midfield crisis heading into a crucial period in their season.
After Sunday's Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace, the Gunners face Liverpool, Manchester United, Liverpool again in the FA Cup, and then Bayern Munich in the Champions League – all in the space of 11 hectic days.
Subsequently, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly considering making deadline-day moves for several names, including Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi and Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin.
Wenger is also keen to wrap up deals for Schalke's attacking winger Julian Draxler and Frankfurt right-back Sebastian Jung before Friday night's deadline.