Arsenal in talks with Spartak Moscow's Kim Kallstrom

According to SportsMail, Arsenal are in talks with Kim Kallstrom over a shock deadline day move to bolster their midfield.

The 31-year-old Spartak Moscow man is hopeful of securing a move ahead of the Gunners' weekend clash against Crystal Palace.

It comes on the same day as manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that Julian Draxler won't be moving to north London this month.

A delegation were over in Germany to try and sort out a deal for the 20-year-old but baulked at the £37million asking price.

The clubs were also haggling over the structure of the payments - with Schalke demanding a large percentage of the fee be paid up front.

Club doctor Gary O'Driscoll is on stand-by to fly to Germany to complete Draxler's medical ahead of Friday's deadline.

With injuries to Theo Walcott, who is out for the rest of the season and Jack Wilshere, who is doubtful for Palace with an ankle injury, Wenger is keen to make further additions to his squad to shore up a title challenge.

Kallstrom comes with immense experience. The Sweden international was at Lyon for six years and has 108 caps for his country. The move would cost the club a small fee.

Aaron Ramsey will miss up to six weeks according to Wenger, which has intensified their search for new bodies.
'We are open minded and active, we look at opportunities. We still try to bring at least one player as we were hit by the suspension to Flamini and the injury to Ramsey. A midfielder is one of the solutions,' Wenger said on Friday.

'I would scrap the winter transfer window. It is 80-20 we will do something else today. The window is a distraction from the competition. I can understand the interest but it's not football.'