Mohamed Elneny will become Arsenal’s first signing of the January transfer window within the next 24 hours, claim the Independent.
Arsenal agreed a £7.4million fee with Swiss side Basel for the Egypt international last week.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed after their 3-1 FA Cup third-round win over Sunderland that Elneny’s arrival would be announced shortly.
“We hope to announce a player in the next 24 to 48 hours,” Wenger said.
“I don’t need to tell you the name. After that we will see [about other deals].”
It is claimed work permit problems have drawn out Elneny’s transfer process.
Wenger also revealed at the weekend that the Gunners are close to extending Nacho Monreal’s stay at the Emirates.
Monreal, 29, is expected to sign a three-year contract worth £60,000 a week.
He would therefore pick up £9.36million over the duration of the deal.
“Yes, Nacho is getting a new contract.
“It’s not completely over the line yet but we’re not far away.”
Full-back Monreal boasts 25 appearances for the season, sharing his role with Kieran Gibbs.
Turkey midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup says he is committed to Besiktas’ title campaign – despite reports linking him to Arsenal.
Ozyakup, 23, played in Arsenal’s youth set-up befre departing for Turkey in 2012.
The midfielder has impressed in Istanbul and this season has made 24 appearances for the club and country already.
There were claims that Wenger would go in for Ozyakup early in the January transfer window.
But the player himself has spoken out about his future, dampening speculation he is heading back to north London.
He said: “Brother Arda [Turan] has opened very important doors for us in Europe.
“After having achieved great success with Besiktas, I’d also like to go to Europe’s biggest clubs like that.
“However, the success of Besiktas is the priority.”