According to reports from Sky Sports, Toulouse star Cheikh M'Bengue is an Arsenal target in the current transfer window.
The report cites an article from L'Equipe and has M'Bengue going as far as claiming talks between his agent and the club:
"My agent is managing that and I believe he had talks with Toulouse's chairman."
However, Sky Sports notes that any potential deal would seem to contradict the wishes of the French club's chairman, who apparently won't sell now the season has begun:
He said: "To me everything is very clear. The championship has started. No one else will leave now."
Arsenal could use new recruits and a versatile defender like M'Bengue would certainly fit the bill. He currently operates at left-back, but can play centrally.
Recent comments from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger suggest a defender is on the radar. Arsenal.com reports that Wenger is keen to bolster both the midfield and defensive ranks, before the transfer window closes.
No fee has been mooted for M'Bengue, but the 24-year-old fits the mould of Wenger's recent signings. He is powerful, versatile and has already accumulated credible first-team experience at club level.
Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen form a capable defensive trio. However, only inconsistent Switzerland international Johan Djourou is on hand to provide anything close to decent cover.
At left-back, Wenger can call on the duo of Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos. While both offer a lot going forward, serious questions have been raised about their respective defensive abilities.
Improving the strength in depth in this area would certainly be welcome. M'Bengue could provide that after a string of commanding performances for Toulouse, helped elevate him to the French national team.