Arsene Wenger has told his chief scout to keep track of several promising young British footballers as he targets a wave of new home-grown talent, reports the Daily Mirror.
The Arsenal boss has been linked with a mega £37m bid for Schalke star Julian Draxler but, away from the glamour, Wenger's scouting network continues to work.
There is concern within Arsenal's ranks that a number of academy members are failing to make the grade, forcing Wenger to look externally for British talent.
Wenger sent chief scout Steve Rowley to run the rule over Jordan Cousins - Charlton's 19-year-old full-back has earned rave reviews for his performances at The Valley this season.
Arsenal are also in the fray for Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who at 24-year-old, is seen as a good prospect for the future. With Lukas Fabianski set to leave the Emirates when his contract expires in the summer, Wenger sees McCarthy as a good No.2 to Wojciech Szczesny.
Finally, the Gunners are also keen to land Nottingham Forest star Jamaal Lascelles, who could come in as back-up for Arsenal's star centre-back pairing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
Lascelles, 20, has already forced himself in to the first team at Forest and has impressed under Billy Davies over the past 18 months.
However, reports suggest the Newcastle are also keen on the centre-back and are likely to offer the young English talent more chances to play first team football than Wenger can.
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