Arsenal target denies wanting move to the club

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In-form West Brom star Youssouf Mulumbu has hit out at claims that said he was openly seeking a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to the Express.

Speculation arose yesterday that the Congo international was ready to request a transfer to the Gunners in the New Year, but he has since moved to quell the talk- stating that he was horribly misquoted.

"I did an interview with a French journalist but I’m not happy about how my answers have been reported," said Mulumbu.

“I would never refer to my team-mates that way. I just spoke about the fact we need to get better at controlling games.

“The general point I was trying to make is that I want to play at the highest level possible. I admitted there has been interest in me from other clubs, but I didn’t speak about Arsenal or say I would be looking to move in January.”

Mulumbu has been linked with a transfer to the Emirates for a few months now, with Wenger thought to be looking into strengthening his squad in terms of the quality in depth.

And, following the reports that the Baggies' midfielder had publicly stated his intent to join the league leaders, his club were naturally less than happy.

However West Brom boss Steve Clarke has now leapt to his star's defence, insisting that he believes Mulumbu's claims that he has been misrepresented in the media.

"We have spoken to him and are happy with the explanation we got,” said Clarke.

“He has never given me a minute’s trouble. What he said has been misrepresented.”

The Hawthorns boss will be hoping that the incident is quickly swept under the carpet in preparation for tonight's clash against free-scoring Manchester City. West Brom can move as high as 10th with a win.

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