Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is reportedly on Queens Park Rangers' radar this summer.
That is the claim of French newspaper L’Equipe, which suggests the 23-year-old is being targeted by a number of clubs, although Harry Redknapp’s side is the only one mentioned by name.
The report adds that some French clubs are also interested in a player whose contract expires next summer.
If Arsene Wenger wants to get a fee for him, rather than seeing him leave on a free, a switch now would make sense. However the somewhat vague report does include the caveat that Coquelin could remain at Arsenal regardless of the alleged interest.
Could it be a case of covering all bases? Quite possibly; but the Frenchman is unlikely to get much – if any – game-time at the Emirates Stadium this season and a permanent move could make sense at this point in his career.
If QPR did make a bid, the player is unlikely to command a particularly high fee, while his flexibility is such that Redknapp would have a player who not only plays in defensive midfield but also in either full-back position when required.
Coquelin spent last season on loan at Bundesliga club Freiburg, where he made 24 appearances and scored one goal.