Arsenal are preparing to launch a bid for Ipswich starlet Tyrone Mings in the January transfer window, reports talkSPORT.
Mings has grown into a key player for the Championship side and, at only 21-years-old, has been tipped to break into the Premier League soon. He further enhanced his reputation after winning the Player of the Month award for September.
Arsene Wenger has been struggling with injuries in his squad and has already seen the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal succumb to injury. As a full-back, Mings could provide cover on both flanks, but has made a name for himself on the left thus far.
There is also some doubt over Monreal's future, with reports in the summer suggesting he was vying for a return to Spain. With no other left-back available at the club, Arsenal would have to sign a replacement should Monreal get his reported wish.
What is interesting about Mings is, at 6'3", he could quite easily play in a more central position. Wenger spotted the same talent in Calum Chambers, who seemed destined for a career at right-back before impressive at centre-half for the Gunners.
Mings could become a mirror version to Chambers, providing versatility on the left as Thomas Vermaelen did when he was still at the Emirates Stadium. Signing him would add significant depth.
However, any interest in Mings is likely to be rivalled by Chelsea, who have also been linked with a move recently. Jose Mourinho did sign left-back Filipe Luis in the summer, but at 29-years-old, the Brazilian is hardly a long-term option.
Chelsea do have a stronger defence meaning first team opportunities could be harder to come by at Stamford Bridge. However, a better chance to win trophies will make the Blues a tempting proposition for the Tractor Boys star.
It was revealed by manager Mick McCarthy that Crystal Palace launched a bid to sign Mings in the summer. The Ipswich said he was happy to be in a position to reject the offer, but the chance to join an elite Premier League club may convince Mings to agitate.
McCarthy is quoted in the same report as saying: "Tyrone has been excellent for us
"Crystal Palace made a big offer for him before the transfer window closed but we want him here for the long term.
"He's a young, exciting player who has made a lot of progress in his time here and it's great to see that his form has been noticed with this award.
"We've acknowledged that as a club too, which is why we offered him a long term deal. He's done great."