Arsenal are reportedly tracking Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand to provide cover for Kieran Tierney at left back.

The Gunners have limited options on the left side of defence after letting Sead Kolasinac join Schalke on loan.

Tierney remains their first choice, but it’s thought that boss Mikel Arteta wants to sign a backup.

The 31-year-old looks set to become a free agent in June after failing to agree new terms on the south coast.

The report states that contract negotiations have reached an ‘impasse’. Bertrand wants an increase on his £70,000 a week wages, but Southampton don’t want to break the bank.

While they don’t see him as a permanent solution, Bertrand can provide Tierney with competition for a couple of years.

The Englishman, capped 19 times by his country, has played in all but one of the Saints’ Premier League matches this term.

Speaking about their transfer tactics, he said: “Obviously this market and the context makes it difficult, but we are looking at options and we will see what we can do.

“We are looking at various positions because the movement we have made in this window with some players leaving the club has left us a little bit short in certain areas.

“So if we can, we will do it and if we can’t, we will keep going with what we have.”

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News – Arsenal tracking Saints defender in search of Tierney cover