Arsenal have received a timely boost in their alleged pursuit of Clement Grenier after Lyon made a u-turn on their existing transfer stance and are now willing to sell the want-away midfielder this summer.
Sport Witness cites a report from French newspaper Le 10 Sport, claiming the Ligue 1 club has shifted its previous policy and will listen to offers for the 23-year-old before the close of the current window.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be encouraged by the latest developments as he continues his search for a defensive midfield reinforcement at the Emirates Stadium.
The typically frugal Frenchman has already splashed the cash to bring Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle and Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina from Nice in what has been an uncharacteristically busy summer for Arsenal.
And, Wenger is not planning to stop there, with the north London club now ready to renew their interest in Grenier, who according to the London Metro is valued at around £7.5 million.
The Frenchman suffered World Cup heartache when a week before the tournament kicked off in Brazil he suffered an injury, but he's expected to return to full fitness in time for the start of the new season.
World Cup heartache
Grenier's bad luck opened the door for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin - who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer - to replace the Lyon man in Didier Deschamps's 23-man squad in South America.
However, it could be the unsettled Ligue 1 star that has the last laugh, if he is the one that earns a lucrative move to the Gunners.
Ligue 1 form
Grenier scored four goals in 28 league appearances last term, prompting glances from a host of potential suitors, with Inter Milan joining Arsenal on a growing list of admirers.
The interest prompted the player to request a meeting with Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas, and although his initial request to be allowed a transfer was turned down, he might end up being granted his wish before the transfer deadline on September 2.