Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified Newcastle United star Moussa Sissoko as a potential solution to his midfield woes, with The Mirror reporting that he's giving serious consideration to a £16 million offer in January.
Sissoko possesses all the qualities Arsenal have lacked in central midfield this season, with the raw power and dynamism to be a game-changer in a problem position for the Gunners.
Wenger is definitely not short of options in midfield when all his top stars are fit and firing, but the problem for Arsenal is they have too many players with similar attributes and look unable to contain better sides in big matches when it matters most.
£20 million January budget
Arsenal are aware their squad needs reinforcements in January after a torrid first half of the campaign in terms of injury problems, with Wenger's decision not to sign a centre-back or holding midfielder there to be criticised once again.
That means the Gunners boss will be given £20m to spend in the latest edition of transfer silly season, but any bid for Sissoko would eat up a large chunk of that budget in one fell swoop.
Can Newcastle be persuaded to sell?
Sissoko has been a tremendous addition to the Premier League as a roving attacking midfielder, but has the capability to play far deeper and it's likely Wenger would like to use him in that position.
The 25-year-old admitted last weekend that he supported Arsenal as a boy and holds deep affection for the club, but it remains to be seen whether Newcastle are willing to sell their best player in January for the second season running.
Sissoko said: “I have ambition. My goal is to play at the best clubs, playing the Champions League, win trophies, but today I am a Magpie and I am very happy.
“Arsenal were my favourite club when I was young and my idol was Patrick Vieira. I have always loved this club and I still love them.”
Wenger will likely prioritise signing a new centre-back if he can only sign one player in January, but if the club's terrible luck with injuries shows no sign of easing expect a formal offer for Sissoko to arrive on Newcastle's desk before the January window slams shut.