Arsenal are preparing a January swoop for Manchester United star Chris Smalling, according to Goal.com.
The report has suggested that the Gunners - who kept tabs on the Red Devils centre-half this past summer - are set to reignite their interest in the defender in the winter market, and are prepared to match his current £52,000-a-week wages that he's currently on at Old Trafford.
It appears, then, that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger likes Smalling's versatility and believes he could be the perfect fit for his squad. The Gunners - who lost former club-captain Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona this past summer - only managed to secure the services of youngster Calum Chambers from Southampton in the previous market.
The Gunnners are in need of strengthening at the back, and Smalling would certainly add to their options at full-back and central defence.
It remains to be seen, however, as to whether Louis van Gaal will allow Smalling to leave in the winter market, with the Red Devils currently enduring a crisis in the defensive department.
Ahead of the club's clash with West Ham this afternoon, the likes of Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are out of action with injury, whilst youngster Tyler Blackett is unavailable through suspension.
Van Gaal, though, may look to add to his defence in the January market, which could ultimately force Smalling out of Old Trafford.