Arsenal have reportedly contacted Rafik Halliche's agent with a view to a potential transfer this summer.
The Algerian centre back impressed for his nation during the World Cup, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to have told representatives that talks should be arranged between the two parties.
Chronofoot.com goes on to report that Halliche’s agent has been booked into a hotel in North London, with their sources reporting that transfer negotiations are set to take place.
Halliche began his professional career at Hussein Dey before signing for Benfica in 2008. The defender is yet to make his debut for the Águias, and has spent two seasons on loan at Nacional in a bid to gain experience.
The 23-year-old made his international debut in 2008, and is seen as one of the brightest defensive stars in Africa. Despite his lack of top flight football, Halliche has high level experience at both the African Cup of Nations and the World Cup.
Wenger is looking to add defenders to his ranks as verterans Sol Campbell, William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre look for the exit door at the Emirates.
Young Guns reports that Halliche would join Havard Nordtveit in fighting for a first team place in north London, should the Frenchman make a move.
Arsenal are also being linked with Madjid Bougherra, another Algerian centre back who has professed a desire to play in the Premier League again.