Arsenal are reportedly prepared to table an offer for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar, after stalling the approach for weeks.
Harry Redknapp recently confirmed the Brazil international, who joined the Hoops from Inter Milan last summer, would leave Loftus Road during this transfer window, as the relegated west London side look to ease their wage bill ahead of a return to Championship football.
The Gunners have long been linked with a move for Cesar but did not make an official approach for his services so far. However, Arsene Wenger, who is looking for an experienced stopper, has finally decided to swoop for the 33-year-old, according to the Mirror.
The report claims QPR will let Cesar leave for a cut-price fee around £1.5m. The stopper has also been attracting interest from Napoli, who are keen to take the former Inter star back to Italy, but Arsenal are still understood to be favourites.
Cesar, who won the Golden Glove at last month's Confederations Cup, recently stated he and his family are keen to remain in London and continue his career with a top flight outfit, in order to boost his chances of making it to Luiz Felipe Scolari's 23-man squad for the World Cup next year.
"Now I have to do things right at my club so I can be considered for the World Cup. Did my son say he wants to stay in London? Yes, me too. I love the city and I'm enjoying living there," the player said.
Redknapp had pointed out there was no way the veteran goalkeeper would play Championship football next season and would surely move to a big club in this transfer window.
"Julio Cesar will move on. He's a top class goalkeeper, Brazil's No. 1. He's been in great form for Brazil and I presume there's a big club out there for him. He won't play in the Championship, he's a goalkeeper for a big club," the Hoops' boss stressed.