MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 03: James Rodriguez of Bayern Muenchen looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Sport-Club Freiburg at Allianz Arena on November 3, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Arsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez to replace Mesut Ozil in their midfield

The Gunners’ patience with Ozil is beginning to run out with the German failing to consistently produce the kind of performances that merit a £350,000 a week salary.

Manager Unai Emery, who previously revealed that he can only make loan signings for this month’s transfer window, has allegedly been told the club’s wage bill must be lowered in order to sign player’s permanently.

Now the Daily Mail reports that the Spaniard is looking to offload Arsenal’s biggest earner in Ozil and could attempt a move for James later this year.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Andre Gomes of Everton skips over Will Hughes of Watford during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Everton FC at Vicarage Road on February 9, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

John Collins praises Andre Gomes

The Everton footballer believes his teammate can be key for the club's next months in the 2018-2019 EPL season.

The Colombia international has previously expressed a desire to turn his two-year loan deal at Bayern from Real Madrid into a permanent one this summer.

But it’s unclear whether the Bundesliga champions actually intend to go ahead with pursuing a deal for James beyond this season, which could make him available for as little as £3m.

Meanwhile, it’s understood that Arsenal have received an £18m offer from Atletico Madrid for Ozil.