Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping to have Basle midfielder Mohamed Elneny available for next weekend's FA Cup third round clash against Premier League counterparts Sunderland.
This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that the Egyptian midfielder is on the verge of completing a £5 million transfer to the Gunners.
In fact, the report claims that Elneny has already passed a medical with the Emirates outfit and is now awaiting international clearance.
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It's expected, then, that the transfer will be completed next week, which could see Elneny take to the field against the Black Cats.
At just £5m, Elneny could prove a bargain for Arsene Wenger's side in this transfer window. With almost 100 appearances for Basle, the energetic 23-year-old could yet have an important role to play for Arsenal this season.
Indeed, Arsenal have had their problems in the middle of the park recently. Jack Wilshere has been out of action for a lengthy period of time, while Francis Coquelin has also failed to maintain his fitness.
Mikel Arteta has had problems and his powers in the game appear to be diminishing. The duo of Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey have steadied the ship, but it's not entirely surprising that Wenger's on the lookout for reinforcements.
With Elneny expected to arrive imminently, the Arsenal faithful will be hoping to see another player or two follow him to the club over the coming weeks.
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