Sky Sports News understands that Arsenal have made a move for Fulham's promising defender Chris Smalling.
The Gunners see the 20-year-old defender as an excellent prospect for the future and could pay as much as £7million to secure his services.
Smalling, who made his full Premier League debut against Chelsea earlier this season, has been a regular in Fulham's Europa League campaign.
Although Arsene Wenger added cover at the back recently after re-signing Sol Campbell, Smalling is seen as a long-term replacement for William Gallas.
Smalling has 18 months remaining on his deal and it remains to be seen whether Roy Hodgson is open to losing one of his brightest prospects.
The West London club has denied there has been any official approach for the player: "We have had no contact from any club whatsoever over Chris Smalling."