Arsenal set to seal first January transfer deal today

Arsenal are set to kick off their January transfer business by confirming a £7.4m move for Basel’s Mohamed Elneny this afternoon, according to reports from Metro.

The Gunners have been closing in on the Egyptian for the past couple of weeks, with Arsene Wenger having been keen to add another central midfielder to his ranks following a spate of injuries.

The Frenchman has lost Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin – his first choice pairing – to long-term set-backs, forcing him to turn to back-up options such as Mathieu Flamini.

However, he is set to have a new man on board ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup game, with reports claiming that Elneny will be a Gunners player by the end of the day.

It’s understood that the 23-year-old is on his way to London to complete his switch following a work permit hold-up.