Arsenal are considering a summer move for long-time target Adrian Lopez, according to the Express. The 25-year-old Spanish international striker was the subject of a mid-season January bid from the Gunners but Atlético Madrid declined the approach.
Lopez has had a poor season with Diego Simeone's side, so far, with only three goals from 23 league games. The former Deportivo La Coruna forward has also had eight starts in Europe this season, in the UEFA Europa League but has only assist to show for his time.
The Spaniard has been hopelessly overshadowed by Colombian striker Radamel Falcao and Brazilian forward Diego Costa, who have 28 goals and six assists between their 49 appearances.
Wenger has long held an interest in Lopez and that interest was believed to be at its peak in the final months of 2012, when negotiations over a contract extension for England international Theo Walcott appeared to be at a dead end. At that time, it was believed Lopez was a priority £14.6m signing.
The Express, however, believes cash-strapped Atlético will be willing to accept an even lower fee in the summer - around £8.5m. But Wenger will have to fight off interest from Southampton, Tottenham and Liverpool for his man.
Lopez: Happy in Spain
Meanwhile, Lopez's comments in January suggest the Spaniard is content to remain at the Vicente Calderon and insisted he would honour his contract.
"I try to isolate myself from the rumours," he told Marca, "We are used to them and do not take them seriously. I am very happy at Atlético.
Arsenal Prepare for West Brom
Summer transfer news aside, Wenger and his men have a more immediate task - to ensure a top four finish and Champions League football next term. The north London club travel to face West Brom on Saturday evening (read an IBTimes UK preview).
And, ahead of the game, assistant manager Steve Bould has revealed defender Nacho Monreal is ready to play. The Spaniard, a winter signing, picked up a knock against Reading last weekend.