Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for promising Fulham defender Chris Smalling – but insists he has made no approach for the England Under-21 international.
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson yesterday insisted he would be the first to know were Wenger set to step up any interest in the 20-year-old, whom Fulham plucked from non-League Maidstone.
Wenger feels Arsenal currently have enough cover at centre-half, and has no immediate plans to make any new signings.
“He is a player we know, yes, but there is no truth in it at the moment,” Wenger said. “Maybe in the future. At the moment is at the moment. I never rule anything out.
“I never speak about transfers It is very interesting to make headlines, but the most important is that we inform the press when things are done. If the press knows every moment about every single transfer, I do not think that is right.”
With striker Nicklas Bendtner coming close to a first-team return, Wenger hinted he may not be tempted into strengthening his forward options during the transfer window.
“At the moment, we are not on the verge of signing anybody,” said Wenger, set to be without injured Holland international Robin van Persie until April.
“It is very difficult in January to find players who are available for the Champions League, who are just good enough to play for Arsenal and at the right price. You never know, but at the moment it [to sign a striker] is unlikely.”