Arsenal have rekindled their interest in signing Ajax full back Hatem Trabelsi, after the Tunisian was forced to train with the Ajax reserves.

Gunners’ boss, Arsene Wenger, has been alerted to the situation and has admitted he is keen on bringing the player to Highbury.

He said: “We had some disagreement over some aspects of the contract and didn’t finalise it.

“The deal is not completely dead but I cannot say, as well, we are on the verge of signing him.”

Ajax boss, Ronald Koeman, has registered the Tunisian for the UEFA Champions League and claims Trabelsi has had long enough to find a new club. The Dutch coach then ordered Trabelsi to train with Jong Ajax, the second-string squad from the Amsterdam Arena.

Meanwhile, Wenger has admitted he can’t compete in any bidding war for Everton hotshot Wayne Rooney.

He said: “I like the player. But Newcastle have just made a lot of money so I’m not surprised they are linked with him.”

He added: “At that level, we can’t be involved in it, when Everton reject a bid of £20m, I say ‘Okay, we are not in there’.”