Arsenal are reportedly considering a summer approach for Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Sebastian Rode, who was previously a target for Tottenham Hotspur.
The 22-year-old has impressed with the German club, who have been the Bundesliga's surprise package this season. The newly-promoted side now look favourites to land a Champions League spot, with Rode - who has started all league games so far - playing a crucial role in their rise.
Several top European clubs, including Bayern Munich, are keeping tabs on the Germany U21 international, according to the Daily Star. Rode, who has 18 months remaining on his contract at Frankfurt, said he was well aware of the massive interest in him and revealed negotiations regarding an extension with Frankfurt were on hold for the moment.
"The interest is known to me. I'll keep my feet on the ground and not start dreaming. Eintracht Frankfurt and I have agreed to postpone the talks so I can concentrate on my football," the report quoted the midfielder as saying.
Rode joined Frankfurt from third divison outfit Kickers Offenbach in 2010. The report claims Spurs held talks with the Germans over the midfielder's availability last summer but failed to agree on a transfer fee.
Belhanda: I'm Glad I Stayed
Meanwhile, Montpellier playmaker Younes Belhanda has stated he is happy he did not leave the Ligue 1 outfit in the January transfer window.
The Moroccan has made 25 appearances for Montpellier so far this season, with nine goals and three assists to his name. He was linked with a move to either Arsenal or Tottenham last month but neither club was understood to be prepared to meet the French club's £10m price tag. And the 22-year-old says he is glad the January transfer failed to materialise.
"The club received an offer but they decided to refuse, they have their reasons. But there is no problem, I'm glad I stayed at Montpellier," Belhanda told talkSPORT.