Arsenal defender target Loic Perrin has revealed that a move to the Premier League now appears unlikely to materialise in the January transfer window.
The Gunners had been linked with the St. Etienne star at the turn of the New Year, and the 29-year-old centre back has confirmed that 'exchanges' have taken place between the two parties.
However, with Arsene Wenger on the verge of completing the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista, it appears a possible deal for the former French U21 international is dead.
Perrin is letting the situation get him down though, focusing on his recent call-up to the France squad rather than the lack of progress in the transfer sage.
"Yes it is nice (to have been contacted by Arsenal). We had some exchanges, that is true, but nothing concrete," he said, according to the Daily Star.
"Arsenal have not contacted St Etienne, so it makes no sense to talk about it anyway. And I haven’t had any news from my side either, which cannot be a good sign.
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"The fact that I have been included in the French national squad has alerted certain clubs. Great."
Arsenal's defence has long been highlighted as an area of concern in their quest for trophies, and on occasion it has let them down both domestically and in Europe. The 3-3 draw with Anderlecht in the Champions League highlighted that fact.
A lack of depth in the position proved costly in the early stages of the current season, with Thomas Vermaelen leaving for Barcelona and an able replacement not drafted in for the Belgian.
Monreal at centre back?
That's seen full-back Nacho Monreal exposed at centre back, whilst Mathieu Debuchy has also played in the position when required at the Emirates Stadium.
The January transfer window offers Wenger the perfect opportunity to strengthen in the position, and it appears the Frenchman has taken his opportunity with Paulista - leaving Perrin out in the cold.
He will continue to try and impress in Ligue 1, and a summer move away from the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard would not be out of the question if he continues to impress.