Arsenal are considering an approach for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul. The Metro claims Arsene Wenger is a long-time fan of the Dutch international and is prepared to bid £6m for his services.
The north London side sold Italian Vito Mannone to Sunderland early this month; the 25 year old will replace Belgium's Simon Mignolet, who left the Black Cats for Liverpool. Mannone's transfer leaves Wenger with Polish internationals Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski in goal, neither of whom is reportedly an undisputed No 1 at the Emirates.
The Gunners were linked with QPR's Julio Cesar; the former Inter Milan goalkeeper is set to leave Loftus Road after Harry Redknapp's side were relegated last season. However, the Brazil No 1 is closing in on a surprise return to the Serie A, with Rafael Benitez's Napoli the destination.
The potential loss of Cesar to Napoli leaves Arsenal with Krul as a viable target. The Dutchman has been in excellent form since his transfer to St James' Park two years ago but spent the better part of the 2012/13 campaign injured. He is contracted to the Magpies till 2017.
This means Wenger will have to spend big to secure Krul's signature. Alan Pardew has already denied any report of a potential transfer.
"I feel we are in a strong position financially to hold on to our players. If one of our top players goes, it will be a bid that blows the doors off. That's it. In terms of the big players, again we have not sold anybody. We have players under long-term contracts here. Hopefully we can add to that," Pardew explained.
Overall, Arsenal continue to frustrate fans. The promise of £70m to spend in the summer transfer market excited fans, with players like Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain, Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney linked to the club. However, much of the summer has come and gone and France U20 International Yaya Sanogo is the only confirmed arrival at the Emirates.