Several UK newspapers are reporting Arsenal's interest in signing Manchester United winger Nani in January. The Daily Mail and The Daily Mirror are both reporting Arsene Wenger's interest in the United fringe player.

Arsenal sold Robin van Persie to United in the summer and are now hoping for a transfer the other way. Whether Nani is a sufficient upgrade for an Arsenal squad short on quality, is another matter.

The Portuguese ace is a talented, but temperamental wide forward. He has showcased his skills only sporadically.

There's no question the former Sporting Lisbon starlet has ability. However, Nani can also be guilty of drifting out of games. Of course, he hasn't always been given a full chance to shine at Old Trafford.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has never seemed to trust Nani as a regular starter. His effort hasn't always been consistent.

When on form, Nani certainly possesses attributes Arsenal need. His offers a legitimate scoring threat and genuine game-stretching pace.

He is a creative, flair attacker who has the touch and technique to provide chances for teammates. Nani's direct style of play, craft and ingenuity, could potentially upgrade a lacklustre Arsenal forward line.

However, his wage demands will be high, with the Mirror suggesting he will seek around £90,000. There's also the matter of Nani failing to fulfil his potential with United, despite being at the club since 2007.

However, the 26-year-old does have name value and English Premier League experience. That could assuage many Gunners fans, desperate for an infusion of star power.

Wenger could be tempted by those qualities and part with the £12 million fee the Mirror suggests.