Roma have reportedly made their first formal move towards signing unsettled Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski on loan.
The German international has admitted his frustration at becoming a peripheral figure at the Emirates Stadium and for months it has seemed likely that he will move in January, probably on a short-term basis.
While a number of possible destinations have been suggested, including Russian side Dinamo Moscow, Roma seem to have a strong chance of luring Podolski.
The Italian side are looking to reinforce as they challenge for the title and they are keen to cover the loss of former Arsenal man Gervinho, who will be at the African Cup of Nations early next year.
Gervinho has become a key player for Roma and it is thought that Podolski is seen as the perfect replacement while he is away with the Ivory Coast.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma have made contact with Arsenal to discuss a transfer, which would probably take the form of a loan until the end of the season with the option to make it permanent should both clubs and the player agree.
Podolski's wages are likely to stretch Roma, who required Ashley Cole to take a vast pay cut when he arrived in the summer, but an agreement that sees Arsenal continue to pay a percentage of the salary could probably be arranged.