Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation linking him with a move for Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Van Nistelrooy has been touted as a possible January transfer target for Wenger as he looks to stengthen his attacking options following the loss of Robin van Persie to long-term injury.
Real Madrid are believed to be prepared to let van Nistelrooy leave the Bernabeu in January although the Dutch forward has always insisted he is prepared to fight for a place.
Wenger admits any move is highly unlikely considering van Nistelrooy’s unpopularity among Gunners’ supporters following a number of incidents during games between Arsenal and van Nistelrooy’s former club Manchester United.
Asked about the possibility of signing van Nistelrooy, Wenger said: “It would not be the best of starts, bearing in mind our past relationship! You have my number – you can text me all the names you find!”
Wenger also played down Arsenal chances of brining in a new forward during the January transfer window as he accepts his options are restricted.
“We’re at the beginning of December, if we are in the same situation with injuries in January then I will see,” added Wenger.
“But we can’t dream too much of finding a world class player because that’s what is needed to strengthen our team.
“But they also need not to be European cup-tied and who is also free so we must hope Father Christmas is good to us!”