Aaron Kuhl hasn't had the best time of it in 2015/16, as a loan spell in Scotland with Dundee United ended prematurely and with a minimal impression made. But that could all be put behind him as he may be on his way to Arsenal when his contract expires this summer.
The Metro, who are reporting from Transfermarketweb, write that the 20-year-old England U20 international could switch to the Emirates Stadium once his contract expires this summer.
Well, what they actually say is:
Arsenal want to sign Reading midfielder Aaron Kuhl on a free contract at the end of the season, according to reports.
The 20-year-old has long been regarded a top talent at the Championship club and he was strongly linked with Manchester City last year.
That deal didn’t happen, but Transfermarketweb says he could join a top Premier League club soon with Arsenal interested.
A holding midfielder with an eye for a pass, Kuhl in an England Under-20 international who is also wanted by West Ham.
He would be a free agent this summer but Arsenal are likely to have to pay training compensation if they move to snap him up.
Yep, smells a bit fishy, right? No direct quotes, a truly dodgy source and a story that has all the makings of a believable made-up rumour.
Of course, the fact that Manchester City were definitely interested in him a year or so ago adds to the believability of this story. He's made a name for being comfortable in possession, has a fantastic pass in him (watch the video above) and seems to fit into the type of player Wenger commonly goes for. And he is out of contract in the summer, which means he's free to go to whoever comes in for him for a fee to be discussed at tribunal.
On the other hand, his most recent loan spell was pretty much a disaster and he's now even below the unknown Josh Barrett in the Reading FC pecking order. It all indicates that he's a fair way away from making an impact at the Madejski Stadium, let alone the Emirates.