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Reports: Arsenal readying James Rodríguez January bid

Arsenal have set their eyes on Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez and are looking to tie a deal in January, according to reports. 

The Gunners have lacked a creative spark in the middle of the park for much of the season, with manager Unai Emery not a big fan of Mesut Ozil

According to the Spanish website El Desmarque, Arsenal are prepared to fork out £35m to take the Colombian international to London.

The 28-year-old has not settled at the Madrid club since returning from Bayern Munich, having been loaned out for two consecutive seasons. 

Despite the playmaker being surplus to requirements at the club, it's understood that he will not come cheap, and Arsenal's value might be low in the eyes of the Madrid hierarchy, who value him at around £45m.

Arsenal will, however, have to battle for his signature with Atletico Madrid and Napoli, who are thought to be keen on acquiring him. 

The Gunners will reportedly have few areas to strengthen in the January window, having made a number of acquisitions in the summer transfer window.