Saint Etienne defender Loic Perrin has confirmed that Arsene Wenger has made contact with his agent over a prospective move to north London but adds that his current club are still waiting for Arsenal to make a formal offer.
The Daily Mirror carries quotes from the 29-year-old which suggest he's in the dark about his future at the start of 2015, admitting that he doesn't know if he'll be at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard beyond the January transfer window.
Christophe Galtier will be desperate to keep the France international in Ligue 1 for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign, and unless there are any developments between now and the end of the month then Perrin will still be a Les Verts player until May.
"Frankly I don't know anything," explained the centre-back. "There are always rumours, even though Arsenal have inquired and have contacted my agent. But Saint Etienne still haven't been [contacted], and that's the most important thing. Full stop.
"I've always said that Saint Etienne is my club and that if I were to leave it would be to take the next step. And when you talk about Arsenal, you're not talking about any old club."
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Arsenal fans will be wandering what the hold-up is with regards to negotiations, particularly as Wenger is in desperate need of central defensive reinforcements at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners boss is yet to replace former captain Thomas Vermaelen after he left the club for Barcelona during the summer transfer window and the senior squad has, at times, been stretched following a series of injuries to first-team stars this season.
Perrin's comments indicate that he is very much open to a potential transfer to the Premier League, he's just waiting for Arsenal to firm up their interest by making an official enquiry via Saint Etienne.
Another possible reason for the lack of communication is that Wenger might be considering an offer for an alternative transfer target, with West Ham United's Winston Reid still frequently linked with the Gunners.
The New Zealand international already boasts a wealth of experience playing in England's top-flight, and with less than six months remaining on his current contract at Upton Park could be available for a cut-price fee in the mid-season window.
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