Reported Arsenal target Loic Perrin going nowhere - Christophe Galtier

St Etienne

The Saint-Etienne head coach has refuted claims that his influential defender could leave the club this January.

Arsenal have been caught short at centre-half this season at times due to Laurent Koscielny’s injury concerns, with the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal having to play out of position on occasion to plug the gap.

As such, the Gunners are being reported as seeking out defensive reinforcements during the January transfer window, with Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin an apparent target.

The Daily Mail recently claimed that the Emirates Stadium outfit were interested in the 29-year-old but were being put off by his asking price, but the player’s manager has moved to dispel rumblings that Perrin could leave the Ligue 1 club this month.

“Loic’s agents were contacted but not him directly,” Saint Etienne manager Christophe Galtier is reported to have said at a press conference by Get Football News France.

“Today, there is no offer, there is nothing concrete. I cannot see a departure for Loic.

“How we could think of letting him leave. Even if nobody is untransferable in football, it is not foreseeable that we will see Loic leave.”

The experienced centre-half is a product of the Saint-Etienne youth system and has spent his entire career at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Perrin was recently called up to Didier Deschamps’ France squad but is yet to make his senior debut for his nation, after representing Les Bleus at Under-18 and 21 level in his younger days.

The 29-year-old has started ten Ligue 1 games for his cub this season and is seemingly set to remain with Saint-Etienne for the foreseeable future.

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