Eden Hazard has paved the way for a summer move to Arsenal after he revealed he will leave France at the end of the season.
The highly-rated Belgian forward was linked with a move to the Gunners earlier this year but, after months of speculation, ended up staying at Lille.
However, Hazard - who has also been linked with Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid - has now confirmed this will be his last season in Ligue 1.
"I am ready to go to the next level at a big club," Hazard told French newspaper L'Equipe.
"I won't leave in January. It would be silly to do so. But it's my last season at Lille.
"I stayed with Lille this year because I still had things to work on and prove. But now I'm ready. I feel able to play in another country."
Recent reports from France suggested that Paris Saint-Germain were prepared to offer €50 million (£43m) for Hazard in January, but the 20-year-old confirmed his next destination would be abroad.
"Paris is not for now. After France, I want to go abroad," Hazard added.
"I do not want to go to a rival of Lille's in France. It would be inconsistent. The fans would not understand."
Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger is eager to bring in an additional striker in January, to ease the goal scoring burden on Robin van Persie.
The Dutch international, whose hat-trick against Chelsea at the weekend took his 2011 goal scoring record to 28 goals in 27 games, has stalled on signing a new contract until Arsenal match his ambition in the transfer market.
With Maraoune Chamakh expected to leave in January and Gervinho still coming to terms with English football, Wenger has identified Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic as an ideal foil for the Dutchman.
The Montenegrin striker, who has scored five goals in nine games for La Viola this season, signed a new five-year deal earlier this month but reports in Italy suggest a bid in the region of £20m could be sufficient to tempt the Serie A side to sell.
Meanwhile, German midfielder Mario Goetze has once again been linked with a move to the Emirates as Wenger looks to identify a long-term replacement for Cesc Fabregas.
The 19-year-old midfielder was on Wenger's radar over the summer but Borussia Dortmund resisted all inquiries for the player following a standout season in the Bundesliga.
However, the German side - who are in the same Champions League group as Arsenal - are in danger of being knocked out of Europe's premier competition and reports in Germany suggest, should they fail to reach the knock-out phase, they could be forced to sell.