Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is close to bringing in further defensive reinforcements.
The Gunners are looking to bolster their ranks before the transfer window closes on 31st August.
They have identified the back four as one area they wish to strengthen and are currently focusing their efforts on finding suitable recruits.
Wenger insists little progress has been made over the weekend, with the club having been occupied by their 6-0 mauling of Blackpool, but claims a deal is in the pipeline.
"Not at the moment. We got a bit closer today, but not yet," he told Sky Sports when asked if an agreement had been put in place for a fresh face.
Wenger is known to be in the market for a new goalkeeper, with Fulham's Mark Schwarzer a top target, but the Frenchman insists the next arrival at Emirates Stadium is unlikely to be a shot-stopper.
He added: "It's not the goalkeeping situation, we are a bit short defensively and on that front we have got a bit closer. Nothing has been signed though."
Reports suggest that Sevilla centre-half Sebastien Squillaci is the man Wenger has set his sights on, but the Arsenal manager continues to play his cards close to his chest regarding the identity of transfer targets.
"I will leave you to guess, but you are usually not bad at guessing," he smiled.