Olivier Giroud is trying to persuade international teammate and fellow Premier League star Morgan Schneiderlin to join him at Arsenal, speculation suggests.
This is according to reports from The Daily Express, which further suggest that the Gunners remain in contact with the Southampton midfielder and could have the advantage over North London rivals Tottenham - who themselves have been frequently linked with the £27 million-rated Frenchman in recent weeks - in the race for his signature.
24-year-old Schneiderlin - who first joined current employers Southampton from Championnat National strugglers RC Strasbourg back in 2008 - has found himself at the centre of some controversy this week, with a number of Saints supporters obviously shocked by his apparent reaction to chairman Ralph Krueger's earlier comments concerning his future.
With Southampton having already witnessed the likes of Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Calum Chambers leave St Mary's for pastures new this summer, Krueger was evidently keen to reassure fans that such an exodus was at an end and that no more high-profile names - Schneiderlin and striker Jay Rodriguez in particular - would be leaving the club.
"6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!," Schneiderlin wrote on his Twitter feed on Tuesday, a remark that inevitably led to the rumours regarding his potential exit gather significant pace once more.
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And while it was previously thought to be Tottenham and former boss Mauricio Pochettino who were leading the race to sign Schneiderlin, it appears that bitter foes Arsenal remain a realistic option.
He and Giroud were both members of France's squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, of course, so it remains possible that the current Arsenal man could have had a major impact upon his compatriot's thinking during that period prior to Les Bleus' disappointing quarter-final exit.
Arsene Wenger is generally known to be in the market for another midfielder, with Real Madrid's Sami Khedira believed to be a key target.
As a robust but talented and skilled player, it is certainly clear as to why Schneiderlin may well appeal to Arsenal in the event that they are unable to coax the German World Cup winner away from the Santiago Bernabeu for a reasonable fee.
Arsenal's revived interest in Schneiderlin will presumably come as a huge disappointment to Tottenham, with the club attempting to make further waves in the transfer market following the respective arrivals of Swansea duo Michel Vorm and Ben Davies.
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