Arsenal have entered the race to sign Brighton forward Leandro Trossard.
The Belgium international is in the midst of a stand-off with manager Roberto De Zerbi and is set to leave the Amex Stadium this month.
Tottenham have been monitoring his situation but Arsenal have stolen a march on their north London rivals by opening talks with Brighton over a January move.
Up until yesterday, Trossard was still training alone at Brighton and it is now increasingly likely that he leaves.
Mikel Arteta has been on the look out for a new forward this month and looked on course to sign Mykhailo Mudryk.
But Chelsea’s late intervention shattered their hopes of signing the Ukrainian.
The Gunners have moved quickly, however, to identify other targets and are now hopeful of getting a deal for Trossard over the line in the coming days.
Trossard and De Zerbi have had a public falling out of late, with the manager criticising the player’s attitude and work rate since his return from the World Cup with Belgium.