Arsenal are weighing up a move for Manchester City misfit Jack Rodwell, who has been told he is free to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer.
The 23-year-old midfielder has attracted attention from a number of Premier League suitors, with Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United and former club Everton all reportedly monitoring the player's situation.
According to the Daily Mail, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger holds a tentative interest in bringing the Citizens outcast to the Emirates this summer, despite the fact that Arsenal already boast a wealth of options in that department.
Rodwell is determined to get his career back on track after a disastrous two-year spell at Manchester City, where a combination of injury problems and a significant loss of form have pushed him way down Manuel Pellegrini's first-team pecking order.
The five-year contract he signed when joining from the Toffees in an initial £12 million deal in 2012 does not look like being seen out, with the Chilean coach ready to entertain offers for the player this transfer window.
Gus Poyet is keen to follow up the recent free transfer capture of goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon by returning to Manchester City to try and lure Rodwell to the Stadium of Light as well.
The Black Cats boss has been relatively busy during the summer transfer window, having already concluded additional deals for Jordi Gomez and Billy Jones. However, the Uruguayan could face stiff competition for Rodwell's signature with a host of other teams holding aspirations of securing his services.
Barkley-Rodwell swap deal?
The London Metro reported over the weekend that Goodison Park looked like being the former England U21 international's most likely destination this summer, as City prepared to offer Rodwell as part of a player-plus-cash deal for Ross Barkley.
Pellegrini is an alleged admirer of the attacking midfielder, and had hoped to negotiate a transfer in excess of £25 million to add the Merseyside born youngster to the Premier League champions' ranks ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
However, Arsenal's emergence as rival suitors could affect those proposed transfer plans, if Rodwell outlines a desire to head to north London to another club that could offer him Champions League football.
Of course, Rodwell's future is likely to be determined by whatever happens with Yaya Toure. Should the Ivorian leave Manchester City then Pellegrini could be forced to keep the former Everton star as cover, with additional offers received for fellow midfielder Javi Garcia this summer.