Bosnian international Emir Spahic claims he could be heading to Arsenal as Arsene Wenger steps up his attempts to sign at least one new defender before the start of the season in ten days' time.
The 31-year-old Montpellier defender would welcome the opportunity to play in the Premier League after being a regular starter in the French League last term.
Wenger has lost experienced trio Sol Campbell, William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre this summer while signing only Laurent Koscielny from Lorient and is aware he needs to bolster his defensive options.
Spahic told Sportssport.ba:"The most important thing is that so far the negotiations have gone as planned and that the transfer could be completed soon.
"Arsenal is a great club, I'm an admirer of Arsene Wenger and I hope that Montpellier will co-operate."
Spahic played for NK Zagreb, Shinnik Yaroslavol, Torpedo Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow before joining Montpellier last summer.