Hernanes to stay at Lazio - Tottenham and Arsenal didn't need him anyway

The north London pair have been linked with a January move for the Brazil international, but the Serie A outfit have rubbished suggestions that the South American could leave Italy.

With the January transfer window approaching, the transfer rumour mill has started up again.

Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with plenty of players to bolster their respective squads in the new year, with one man reportedly set to spark a tug-of-war.

Both north London outfits have been linked with a move for Lazio midfielder Hernanes, who has impressed over the last 18 months in the Italian capital.

However, Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare has stated that the English pair will need to look elsewhere for transfer targets come January.

“Despite his inconsistency, Hernanes remains a fundamental player for us,” he said.

“You just have to think back to the goals he has scored. Every time that I have spoken to him or his agent, I have been given the impression that he sees this as his home.

“He knows what Lazio can give him, what he can have in Rome. It is vital for us that we can guarantee him an important team. You never know what will happen in life and one day he could move somewhere else, but that day is still a long way off.”

The comments should end transfer rumours surrounding an impending move to north London, but surely this will be of little concern to Arsene Wenger or Andre Villas-Boas.

Both sides will potentially look to add new faces in January, but despite Hernanes’ considerable ability, another central midfielder will be quite far down the list of priorities.

For Arsenal, Wenger is now flush will in-form and able central midfielders, with Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini all vying realistically for two positions in the heart of the team.

With striking reinforcements thought to be more of a pressing issue for Wenger, another central midfielder is not needed.

Similarly, Spurs’ new-look central midfield looks like the last place that Andre Villas-Boas needs new players. With Paulinho and Mousa Dembele the first-choice pairing, Sandro has largely had to make do with a place on the Tottenham bench. Etienne Capoue also looked impressive in the White Hart Lane side before picking up an ankle injury, and as such Hernanes’ role at the club would really be in question.

Tottenham should really be looking for a top-class left-back rather than another midfielder, and as such Hernanes staying in Italy is not a blow for either Spurs of Arsenal.

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