Arsene Wenger is keen on the idea of loaning out midfield youngster Gedion Zelalem to VVV-Venlo, according to reports in Holland.
De Telegraaf, as reported by talkSPORT, claim the Dutch second division club are waiting to hear from Wenger about the possibility of signing the 19-year-old on loan this month in the next 24 gours.
The USA Under-23 international spent last season on loan at Rangers and has only managed 17 minutes of first-team football over two appearances for Arsenal so far this term, with both of these coming in the EFL Cup.
Zelalem was linked with a temporary move to Dortmund at the beginning of the month, but manager Thomas Tuchel dismissed the idea of signing the young midfielder.
It’s now thought Wenger is keen to send Zelalem out on loan for the remainder of the season in order to gain regular first-team football. The Frenchman believes the German-born American would struggle to get regular action in the Dutch top flight, hence his thinking behind the player joining VVV-Venlo.
With only two appearances under his belt this season for Arsenal, Zelalem is highly unlikely to feature from now until the end of the season for Wenger’s side, so a move away from the Emirates before the January transfer window closes would be ideal and beneficial for the bright prospect.