Arsenal could make a shock move for Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole as Arsene Wenger lines up replacements for Cesc Fabregas and potentially Samir Nasri.
With Fabregas finally securing a move to Barcelona on Monday and Nasri looking set to follow him out the door as a move to Manchester City draws closer, the Gunners are on the lookout for a creative midfielder and according to Fanatix.com, Wenger has targeted Cole as a possible addition to his squad.
The former Chelsea and West Ham player has failed to reach the heights in Liverpool, struggling with loss of form and injury since moving north last summer on a free transfer.
The summer signings of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing has pushed Cole further down the Liverpool pecking order and Wenger is ready to offer him an escape.
The French manager is said to be a fan of Cole and tried to sign the player last summer before his move to Anfield and with Liverpool keen to offload Cole and his £90,000 a week wages a deal could be in the offing.
Speculation has seen Cole linked with moves to QPR and big-spending French club PSG however a return to London with Arsenal would interest the England midfielder.