Arsenal are in advanced negotiations over a possible move to sign Cheick Tiote from Newcastle United with a bid of around £9million, Daily Star reports.
The 28-year-old is the type of playing Arsene Wenger is looking for and his ability to play as a holding midfield in front of his back four has caught the attention of the Gunners boss.
Tiote’s representatives are believed to have already held talks with the club over a potential switch, with the Ivory Coast international keen on a three and a half year deal worth £80,000-a-week.
He is currently playing for his national squad at the African Cup of Nations and has made 11 appearances this season for the Magpies, who are sitting 11th in the Premier League table.
Wenger is also linked with a move for another Newcastle star, Moussa Sissoko, who is currently priced around the £16million region, a price that could affect his ability to divert extra funds into signing another defender.