Arsenal have launched a surprise bid to sign Kevin Grosskreutz this month, and hope the Borussia Dortmund star's boyhood support of the north London club will prove decisive in their quest to bring him to the Emirates.
According to the Daily Star, the Gunners have already made a £3.7 million offer for a player that is capable of operating in numerous positions as Arsene Wenger looks to add to his options available in midfield and defence.
Grosskreutz was part of the Germany squad that lifted the World Cup in Brazil last summer, so it's a little surprising how modest his transfer valuation is, especially in the typically inflated mid-season window.
The 26-year-old has just under 18 months remaining on his current deal at the Westfalenstadion, and with Jurgen Klopp's side still languishing near the bottom of the Bundesliga table in what has been a disastrous campaign so far for the German giants, Grosskreutz could be forgiven for looking to jump ship.
Arsenal scouts were impressed with the versatile midfielder - who can also play on the right side of defence - during both meetings with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League this term, so don't be surprised to see Wenger press ahead with plans to follow up the recent capture of Krystian Bielik with another signing before the transfer deadline on February 3.
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The Gunners tactician has already suggested he'd like to bring in at least two new faces in January as he looks to improve his side's chances of securing a top four finish in the Premier League.
Today, Arsenal's attention turns to the domestic cup where they look to defend last season's FA Cup triumph with a visit to Championship outfit Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round.