Arsene Wenger wants to bring England Under 21 international to the Emirates Stadium.
Following an emphatic start to his Championship career, Lewis Dunk is attracting the attention of numerous Premier League outfits, with Arsenal emerging as the latest candidates.
The 20 year-old is contracted to Brighton & Hove Albion until the summer of 2013 but Arsene Wenger is hoping to tempt him into exiting the deal early as he looks to solve some defensive inconsistencies.
Dunk recently made his debut for the England Under-21 side and is being tipped by many as competition for a future place in the England squad.
If the Gunners decide it would be prudent to purchase another up and coming player as they have done so often in the past, his signature would be expected to cost around £2m but Gus Poyet may prove a hard guardian in the sale of his stalwart.
Aside from the fact that the Brighton man has an great name the young centre back also has a very bright future and many have made comparisons between the big defender and former Arsenal great Tony Adams and many believe that Arsene Wenger is scouting the England Under 21 international ahead of a summer bid.
The Gunners boss could well do with bringing in defensive reinforcements and perhaps he is looking for an English rock to help beef up his back-line in the long term. Though Laurent Koscielny has improved greatly and is perhaps Arsenal’s second most consistent performer of the current campaign, behind goal machine Robin Van Persie, fellow centre back Per Mertesacker still makes too many mistake and Thomas Vermaelen has injury concerns.
Dunk has been a virtual ever present as Guy Poyet looks to secure back to back promotions. The 20 year old has started 23 out of 27 Championship games thus far and has helped his South-Coast side to retain their position in or around the play-off spots.
Could Arsenal really land a player of such potential for just £2m though?