Arsene Wenger has told his recruitment staff that he wants to sign a play-maker before the transfer window closes on Monday and Cabaye is believed to be his main target.

Arsenal are preparing a late bid for Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye as Arsene Wenger tries to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes the Daily Star reports.

The Gunners have already had one £10 million bid for Cabaye rejected by Newcastle but Wenger is prepared to improve his original offer by £5 million in order to land the Frenchman.

However it remains to be seen whether £15 million will be enough as Newcastle are reportedly demanding at least £20 million for the play maker.