Arsenal are considering a January move for AC Milan utility man Urby Emanuelson, as Arsene Wenger looks to add more depth to his ranks in his pursuit of a top four finish.
The versatile Dutchman, who can operate as an attacking midfielder, left winger and left-back, has fallen down the pecking order under Massimiliano Allegri, with just eight league starts this season. Wenger is now weighing up an approach for the 26-year-old, according to the Daily Star, and considering the Rossoneri's financial situation, even a cut-price offer could be accepted.
Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi's cost-cutting measures in the summer saw the likes of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving the San Siro. The Italian's selling spree has continued in January, with the club having already moved Alexandre Pato to Corinthians, while his compatriot Robinho was close to joining Santos.
Emanuelson joined the Rossoneri from Ajax in January 2011 for a fee around £2m and has three goals and eight assists to his name from 51 Serie A appearances, of which 24 were from the bench. Wenger's interest in the Holland international may have increased following the poor recent performances of Arsenal's second-choice left-back Andre Santos, who could be offloaded in this window.
The report claims Wenger is also keen on Toulouse holding midfielder Etienne Capoue. The 24-year-old has impressed a host of top European clubs, performing consistently in Ligue 1 over the last 12 months.
The French international has more than two years left on his contract but could be available for around £10m. Arsenal have been linked with a move for Capoue for some time, while the Gunners' London rivals Chelsea are also reportedly interested in the player now.
Wenger, who has yet to replace Alex Song (who joined Barcelona in the summer) has so far stayed patient with the injury-prone Abou Diaby but it is understood that he now wants to add some steel to his midfield, which is dominated by creative players.