Arsenal set to move for Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik

Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik.

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Arsenal are expected to push ahead with their interest in Legia Warsaw teenager Krystian Bielik during the January transfer window.

The 17-year-old is viewed as an emerging prospect by the Gunners, but Legia, who only signed the player last year and have him under contract until 2017, are holding out for a fee in excess of £2million.

Midfielder Bielik had told the Polish press of being impressed by Arsenal during a trip to England before Christmas.

In an interview reported on www.legia.sport.pl, he said: "I hope that the two clubs come together and I go to London to fulfil my dreams.

"He (Wenger) knows that I have the skills, am determined to win and he wants to sign me as soon as possible to start working with me."

Arsenal are also said to be running the rule over 16-year-old Uruguayan attacking midfielder Federico Valverde from Penarol.

While Wenger clearly still has one eye on the future, more pressing matters over the next few weeks will be to recruit some experienced cover to bolster the first-team squad as they head into the defining period of the campaign.

St Etienne captain Loic Perrin claims the Gunners are looking to bring him in.

The £7million-rated 29-year-old centre-half was recently called into the French national team and would offer some reinforcement to an Arsenal rearguard which has been brutally exposed time and again this season.