Kevin Grosskreutz Borussia Dortmund
Kevin Grosskreutz is a reported Arsenal targetReuters

With the Gabriel Paulista signing set to be announced on Tuesday, Arsene Wenger has now turned his attention towards a versatile Borussia Dortmund star, who could come to Arsenal in a cut-price deal in the January transfer window.

Arsene Wenger has ensured he signs someone to shore up his defence, with Arsenal woefully short in the central defensive department in the first half of the season.

Paulista is now expected to come in and give cover to the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, and Wenger is also keen on signing Kevin Grosskreutz from Dortmund to give Arsenal a few more options in defence and midfield.

Grosskreutz is the kind of player who can fill in at both fullback positions as well as across the midfield, and according to the Daily Express the Borussia Dortmund utility man is available for a mere €5 million (£3.7 million).

If that value does indeed turn out to be true then making a move for Grosskreutz makes sense, even if he ends up being Champions League cup-tied.

Arsenal will be without Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere for a while yet in midfield, a position that Grosskreutz can fill, while Mathieu Debuchy is also set for a long spell on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder.

Grosskreutz has played as a fullback for Dortmund plenty of times, and extra cover can never be a bad thing, especially for the injury-prone Arsenal squad.

Having said that, however, it remains to be seen if Grosskreutz, whose current deal with the club runs until 2016, will make a move as the midfielder/defender is a hardcore Dortmund fan.

With Borussia Dortmund struggling to stay afloat in the Bundesliga this season, Grosskreutz will not be too keen on abandoning ship midway and if at all a move is to be made, he would probably look to make it in the summer.

Arsenal reportedly have a deal in place to sign Morgan Schneiderlin – that is according to the Secret Footballer – at the end of the season, and even if the two players are not similar, it will be interesting to see if Wenger deems it necessary to make a move for a player like Grosskreutz, if he is forced to wait until the summer transfer window opens.

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