Loic Perrin has revealed that Arsenal have declared their interest in signing him but says that no deal has been agreed yet.
The Saint-Etienne defender was initially linked with Arsenal by a report in The Telegraph, which suggested that Arsene Wenger would move quickly once the January window had opened. Now it appears a move for Perrin is on the cards.
"I was contacted personally. Arsenal are interested,” he told Maxifoot. “But for now, there is still no contact with Saint-Etienne."
Wenger previously confirmed that a new centre-back was top of his list going into the transfer window as he has struggled to keep a consistent back four together. Laurent Koscielny has suffered with a chronic Achilles tendon problem this season and Nacho Monreal has been forced to play centrally as a result.
The Spaniard has not impressed in the unfamiliar role and it looks as though Koscielny will suffer with his current problem for the duration of the season. It will come as great relief to Arsenal fans that talks are underway for Perrin.
Few Arsenal fans will be aware of Perrin, 29, who has spent the entirety of his career at St Etienne. He has appeared 19 times for the Ligue 1 club this season and is the club captain.
He did make a it into Didier Deschamps' France squad for friendlies against Albania and Sweden in November, but failed to make it off the bench in either games. While he has failed to make an impact on the international stage, he is a reliable ever-present for St Etienne.
But Perrin will not be the signing Arsenal fans were hoping for. Instead, they have seen the Gunners linked with a big money move for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels and Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.
Both would cost in excess of £30 million and it appears that is out of Wenger's budget, at least for the January transfer window. Instead, Perrin will look to be a short-term signing similar to that of Sebastian Squillaci and MIkael Silvestre.
Neither turned out to be great successes at Arsenal, but both would be preferable to Monreal.