Arsenal are considering putting together a £16 million bid for Newcastle United central midfielder Moussa Sissoko in the January transfer window.
However, a lack of funds could put an end to any chase for the French international.
Arsene Wenger reportedly has only £20 million to spend on reinforcements in the transfer window.
The Gunners are in real need of a powerful central midfielder to offer more balance to their side.
They were forced to play a central midfield trio of Mathieu Flamini, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain against Liverpool at the weekend, showing their weakness in the middle of the park.
However, with limited funds available to him, Wenger has to balance his midfield issues with the need for a new central defender.
As a result, the Mirror are reporting that, while Sissoko is on a transfer wish list, a move may not be forthcoming.
Sissoko recently admitted his love for Arsenal, telling the press: “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.
“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.”