Arsene Wenger has ruled out a summer swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.
Madrid are said to be looking for a buyer for Khedira this summer and are seeking a fee of around £24 million.
However it was claimed that Arsenal were put off my his large pay demands - he was said to be seeking around £150,000-per-week- and now Wenger has confirmed that the deal is dead in the water.
However he says it's not because of his pay packet, but because he can already call upon fit-again Jack Wilshere to perform in his position that Arsenal won't be making a move.
"I don't know who has put Khedira on the market - is it his agent or the press?" he told reporters today. "We were never close to signing him. Jack Wilshere is back fit and in midfield we have offensive midfielders and quite a few box-to-box players."
Despite snubbing Khedira, Wenger is likely to continue his search for a genuine defensive midfielder. As things stand he can call upon Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, however neither is likely to fill the role in the long term.
Sporting Lisbon youngster WIlliam Carvalho, who has previously been linked with Manchester United, has been touted as a possible option as has Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen.
Wenger is said to be a fan of the German international in particular but suggestions that he could be on his way to north London have gone quiet in recent weeks. Carvalho is a viable alternative because of his age and potential, and with Sporting apparently ready to let him leave for around £24 - less that his release clause - Wenger may be tempted to swoop.
Morgan Schneiderlin has been suggested as an Arsenal target, however he is said to prefer a move to Tottenham - although Southampton are adamant that he won't be sold.
So far Arsenal have signed four players in Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina, Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez, while Joel Campbell has returned from his loan spell in Greece.
Despite being busy already, Wenger refused to rule out doing more business before the close of the window.
"We still have three and a half weeks before the transfer market closes," he said.
"I am open to it but Joel Campbell has come back plus the addition of the four players we have already bought.
"We have not lost players until now so we have a big squad at the moment."