Ki Sung-Yeung
Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung has emerged as a surprise target for Arsenal as an alternative to Morgan SchneiderlinGetty

Arsenal are reportedly considering a surprise move for Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung as they look to bolster their midfield options ahead of next season.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger was interested in signing the South Korean in 2012 when he was at Celtic, but failed to make their interest concrete as he moved to South Wales in a £7m move.

The French manager is looking at making additions to the holding midfield position and has identified the Swans midfielder as the perfect backup for Francis Coquelin, who has made the defensive midfield role his own since the start of the year.

Mathieu Flamini is expected to leave the club in the summer, with just a year remaining on his contract and Wenger will look to replace him with the South Korean, who has been impressive for the Liberty Stadium outfit this season.

Sung-Yeung has made 33 appearances for Garry Monk's team this campaign and most of them were in the holding midfield role. He also contributed with eight goals and one assist to help his side finish in the top half of the table, and this ability to contribute with goals from a deeper role would have impressed the Arsenal manager.

Apart from Sung-Yeung, the north London club have also targeted Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin as potential holding midfielder and the Saints midfielder has also hinted that he is willing to move after confessing his desire to play in the Champions League.

However, Ronald Koeman is reluctant to let the French midfielder leave and will demand in excess of £25m to part with his prized possession, while, on the other hand, the South Korean midfielder will be available at a much more reasonable price from Swansea.