Arsenal are eyeing a move for Hoffenheim winger Kevin Volland.
Blessed with blistering pace and mazy dribbling skills, the 21-year-old has emerged as a genuine talent this season and has alerted a number of English clubs.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are also watching him, according to the Daily Mirror, and a bidding war could ensue when the transfer window reopens in January.
Volland is valued at around £12 million – a figure well within Arsenal’s budget.
Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has cast doubt on whether the club can win a major trophy this season.
The Gunners have started the 2013/14 campaign brightly and currently sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League table following their 1-1 weekend draw with Everton at the Emirates.
But Vieira – who won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups during his time in north London – has now rubbished his former club’s title hopes by claiming they lack the required leadership to go all the way.
Speaking in a documentary charting his rivalry with former Manchester United star Roy Keane, he said: “I think when you look at Arsenal they play fantastic football but you need to win games playing badly and I don’t think Arsenal are capable of that at the moment.
“And maybe as well there is a lack of leadership.
“They may not have a Tony Adams, a Sol Campbell, a Martin Keown. These kind of players who can be a leader on and off the field.”
Arsenal last won a trophy in 2005 – with Vieira a part of the FA Cup-winning team.