According to The Sun, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a move for Swansea City's Neil Taylor.
The 22-year-old has cut an increasingly impressive figure in his debut season in the Premier League and the aforementioned source intimates Wenger is tracking the player as he bids to alleviate Arsenal's mounting injury concerns in their fullback positions.
Injuries to Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos as well having to gradually nurture Bacary Sagna back to full-fitness has decimated Arsenal's fullback areas and a host of names have subsequently been linked with a move to the Emirates.
The aforementioned rumoured Arsenal target was released from Manchester City's academy as a 15-year-old before he reignited his football career at Wrexham. His form for the Red Dragons subsequently earned him a move to Swansea at the end of the 2009-2010 season and the St Asaph born youngster has been a mainstay of The Swans recent successes.
The Sun claim Arsenal are plotting a move for the patently gifted Wales international having been frustrated in his initial efforts to sign Wayne Bridge. Sunderland's Kieran Richardson was also recently linked with a move to the Gunners, but the Sun suggest Wenger will move for a player that has helped Swansea boast the best defensive home record in the division.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger recently revealed his surprise at the club's revival following their less than impressive start to the season. The Frenchman believes the rest of the Gunners' season will be dictated by their form at the Emirates given that they must welcome the top four clubs to north London in the second half of the season.
"I didn't know that we would be in the top four by now," The Arsenal manager told the club's official website. "I felt first of all [we had] to stop the crisis. By crisis I mean the confidence level drops too much and you play with fear.
"We have all the teams to come here; Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City. We had a disastrous start but in the last three months we have not lost any points on them. This season will be decided by how well we do at home against the big teams."
Arsenal face Swansea, when they could come up against their rumoured fullback target, in their next Premier League game on January 16.