The former Juventus man has missed our last 12 matches after suffering a hamstring injury back in September, in our opening Champions League match of the season, which ended in a 3-0 victory for us over Basel.
Jose Mourinho has reportedly made Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler their primary January target despite funds being "much more constrained".
However, he has found it very difficult to do so, with links to Gareth Bale and Alexis Sanchez proving to be unfounded, and the pursuit of Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic leading him nowhere.
According to the report, Soler would command a fee of around £40 million - a steep asking price for a player who only made his first-team debut 11 months ago. On loan at PSV Eindhoven last season, the six-time Netherlands international scored seven goals in 25 league and cup outings.
Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic looks to be heading for the St James' Park exit door, as interest from clubs in China begins to mount.
Manchester United have their hearts set on Carlos Soler and want to bring him in during the winter transfer window, whatever the cost.
Ozil has been heavily criticised for his poor performances at Arsenal in recent seasons following his £42.5m switch to the north London club from Real Madrid in 2013.
His ability to unlock a defence with a flash of his right foot has also been recovered, adding three assists this season and it is that kind of goalscoring prowess in the final third that Benitez's Newcastle dearly miss.