Arsenal are set to make a surprise move for St Ettiene defender and captain Loic Perrin when the January transfer window opens in three days.
The experienced 29 year old is thought to be valued by his club at around £6 million.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be particularly taken by the versatility provided by Perrin at the back.
While he most regularly appears in the centre of the defence for the Ligue 1 side, he is also capable at right back, and has been known to play in defensive midfield as well for St Ettiene.
With a series of injuries at the back impacting Arsenal’s ability to put out a consistent line up with players playing in their preferred position, the arrival of someone like Perrin would provide more options across the park to deal with any future injuries in the second half of the Premier League season.
As a result, the north London side could put in a £6 million bid for Perrin when the window reopens on Thursday, according to the Daily Mirror.