The Sun say Arsenal are looking into signing Jordan Pickford and then loaning the goalkeeper back to Sunderland.
It comes after Hugo Lloris signed a new contract with the Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham.
The Sun had previously claimed that Spurs had identified Pickford, 22, as a potential signing because of supposed fears that Lloris would not sign a new deal.
With the France international having put pen to paper at White Hart Lane along with back-up keeper Michel Vorm, it is now claimed that Pickford is a possible target for Arsenal.
Pickford is said to have been earmarked as a potential replacement for veteran keeper Petr Cech.
It is claimed that Pickford would cost £35m, is still on Spurs’ radar and is also attracting interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Everton.
Speculation over Pickford’s future follows reports that West Ham are interested in signing Jermain Defoe from Sunderland next month.
Former England international Defoe, sold by West Ham to Tottenham in 2004, is among a host of strikers the struggling Hammers have been linked with ahead of the transfer window.
The Sun declare that Black Cats boss David Moyes “faces a difficult January” because of financial restrictions and the apparent possibility of him losing players.