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Reports have claimed that the 23-year-old midfielder has already agreed personal terms on a contract and is set to become Arsene Wenger's first signing of the January window

Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny is having a medical with Arsenal, according to the former assistant coach of the Egypt national side.

Several reports in England have claimed that the 23-year-old has already agreed personal terms on a four-and-a-half-year contract and will finalise his £5 million move after completing a medical and receiving a work permit.

And now, Dia El Sayed, who worked with Elneny for Egypt’s Under-20s and the senior side, claims on Twitter that the midfielder is having a medical with the Gunners. Goal has also spoken to El Sayed to confirm the validity of his Twitter account and the veracity of his claims.

Arsene Wenger is desperately seeking cover in central midfield following long-term injuries to Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere.

Elneny, who has been capped 39 times by Egypt, has scored four goals in 21 appearances for Basel this season.

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