World Cup winner's agent speaks out over protracted €15m Arsenal move

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The agent of Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol has poured cold water on speculation that his client could join Arsenal during the transfer window.

Reports have surfaced in recent days that the north Londoners were poised to make a bid for the 25-year-old Spaniard, but his representative claims there has been no approach from Arsenal - or their rivals Tottenham.

"No, not at all. No-one has contacted me or the club (Real Madrid) asking for Albiol. He will continue at Real Madrid," Manuel Garcia Quilon told when asked about the Arsenal rumours.

"Here in Madrid we had some rumours about Tottenham's interest in Arbeloa, but they didn't get in touch with me either."

Along with the €15 million-rated Albiol - who was a member of Spain's victorious World Cup squad - Arsenal have also been linked with surprise swoop for former Gunners star Sol Campbell as well as a move for Ajax ace Jan Vertonghen in their pursuit of defensive reinforcements during January.

Arsenal are expected to add at least one centre-back to their ranks this month after injury to Sebastien Squillaci left them with just two fit recognised centre-backs in Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou.

And Arsene Wenger has now outlined the type of defender he will attempt to bring to Arsenal in order to bolster his squad.

“Ideally it would be better if they were adapted to English football,” said the Arsenal boss. “If you need players now in January then you cannot wait three months before they can play. If the opportunity turns up we will fetch it but, if not, I believe we can cope.

“We always have people in mind and we check them out. We look everywhere. It’s difficult to find [them] at this period of the season but overall I feel at the moment we have so many games that it’s very important just to focus on the next one."

Should Arsenal fail to bring in bring in any central defenders, then Wenger believes Alex Song would make a capable temporary stopper.

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