Arsenal are linked with more than their fair share of transfer targets, and there are often some surprising names in there.
Now add Tom Cleverley of Manchester United to that list.
John Cross of The Mirror claims the under-fire United midfielder has a fan in Arsene Wenger, with the paper reporting:
"Wenger is also keeping tabs on Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley who is a target for Everton this summer but his future is now unclear with a new manager set to come in at Old Trafford."
Cleverley was billed a couple of seasons ago as a top prospect in English football, with United fans comparing him to Arsenal star Jack Wilshere.
Despite impressing in the 8-2 victory over Arsenal, Cleverley has failed to kick on, and this season been seen as a scapegoat for the poor performances by United's midfield, and their team in general.
He has been dropped by the club in recent weeks, and his World Cup place is in doubt, despite manager Roy Hodgson being a fan. In truth he has done little on this season's form to show he deserves a place on the plane to Brazil.
At Arsenal he would join a young core of British talents, where it could be hoped Arsene Wenger possesses the coaching intuition, unlike David Moyes, to get the best out of him.
Wenger has transform Aaron Ramsey, and may see enough in Cleverley to feel a similar uplift in form is possible.
Everton have also been linked with Cleverley, whose future will depend on the next United manager, whoever that may be.
Arsenal fans, hoping for a more exciting transfer link, are not impressed, and have been making their feelings clear via Twitter.
Please oh please Arsenal, don't try and sign Tom Cleverley. #afc— Jarred (@jarred1886) April 24, 2014
Cleverley to Arsenal? god punish person wey start the rumour.... hian!— Jaybee (@Jayokla) April 24, 2014
More chance of Arsenal signing Stephen Hawking to replace Walcott on the wing than signing Tom Cleverley to replace Arteta in the middle.— i.am.sir™ (@AsTallAsHerEyes) April 24, 2014
Hahaha @MirrorFootball trolling Arsenal fans by linking us with Cleverley and Smalling. The same morons who bash Ozil on a daily basis— Sam Gooner (@SamuelEchelon) April 24, 2014
Joke of Day: Arsenal who want to bring in a powerful player with physical presence in midfield - are also keeping tabs T.Cleverley! (Mirror)— Michael Gooner (@MickTheGooner) April 24, 2014
This is not news I want to go to sleep knowing. I'll probably dream about Cleverley in an Arsenal shirt now and wake up screaming.— GoonRambler (@GoonRambler) April 23, 2014
John Cross the Mirror tonight "Wenger is keeping tabs on Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley" It's not April Fool's is it!— Arsenal Watch (@Arsenal_Watch1) April 23, 2014