Arsenal have been given a boost in signing Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate at the end of the season as the Senegal international admitted he could make a move to the Emirates, if Arsene Wenger makes a bid for his services.
The 23-year-old revealed the north London club are keeping a close tab on him in the last few months. Kouyate had earlier claimed he was close to joining the Gunners last summer.
"I am happy here but if Arsenal called me to go to London I would have no doubt about going. I hear they have asked for some information on me from the last few months," the Mirror quoted Kouyate as saying.
The Senegalese has made no secret desire of joining the Gunners and has already revealed he will make a move away from the Belgian champions at the end of the season. Should Arsenal prepare a deal to sign the player, it could see them shell out around £5m.
Kouyate's versatile style that enables him to feature as a centre-back or a holding midfielder will strengthen Arsenal's squad, if the Gunners manage to sign him this summer. However, the Premier League side will have a tough competition to land Anderlecht's star as the report claims Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in his services.
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Meanwhile, Arsenal have been handed a major boost for the midweek Premier League tie against Everton (Read the IBTimes UK Preview here). German international Per Mertesacker and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky are likely to feature against the Toffees on Tuesday evening, while stopper Lukasz Fabianski is still doubtful due to injury.
Arsenal are currently third in the league table with 59 points from 32 games and are leading Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur by a point.
"Mertesacker and Rosicky are back in the squad for tomorrow. Fabianski is a major doubt but we will decide that tomorrow [Tuesday]. He got a kick in the rib [against Norwich City]," Wenger told the club's official website.