Arsenal are edging closer to landing Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho.
The young Portugal international has been a long-term target for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
With Francis Coquelin facing months on the sidelines with injury, Wenger admits he may seek a new defensive midfield signing in January.
Lisbon media sources say Wenger has been encouraged by his latest round of enquiries after Carvalho.
The midfielder has baulked at agreeing new terms with Sporting, which is welcome news for Wenger.