Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is planning a January move for Everton star Marouane Fellaini. The Daily Mirror reports that securing Fellaini is Wenger's transfer priority this winter.
News of any potential move for Fellaini is likely to please large sections of Arsenal fans. It's clear the current Gunners squad needs a boost and Fellaini could certainly provide one.
He has been exceptional for the Toffees this season. Fellaini has led the attacking line for David Moyes' team.
His crafty movement and aerial power has tormented every team Everton have faced. However, it's his proficiency as an attacker that raises some questions about a move to Arsenal.
It's difficult to see where Fellaini would fit along Arsenal's forward line. Wenger has so far favoured a front three.
He has utilized different combinations of Gervinho, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott.
Giroud seems to have a lock on the central striking berth. He has shown considerable improvement recently, bagging three goals in two consecutive starts.
The Frenchman offers a similar brand of strength and aerial prowess as Fellaini.
Wenger may instead feel that Fellaini's best use might be finally adding some real power to Arsenal's midfield. The Gunners' midfield trio has lacked a true physical dimension since Abou Diaby was lost to injury.
They looked particularly fragile in Saturday's 3-3 draw at home to Fulham. In particular, Mikel Arteta is struggling to cope with the robust attentions of opponents in defensive areas.
Reuniting Arteta with former teammate Fellaini, would help solve this pressing issue. Fellaini has frequently operated in the middle and certainly adds a rugged presence.
Position aside, the other issue concerning any Arsenal move for Fellaini, is the potential cost. Everton would surely demand a hefty fee for a key player who cost them £15 million in 2008.
In fact, Fellaini only signed a new five-year deal one year ago, further strengthening Moyes' bargaining position.
However, a bold, big-money signing in January could be just the tonic for Arsenal's current woes. It worked to some extent when Wenger rescued the club's top four hopes by snaring Andrei Arshavin in 2009.
Arsenal are short on game-breaking quality at the moment. Fellaini possesses the talent and versatility to get them back on track.
It will be up to Wenger to decide if that makes him worth parting with a large sum this winter.685339