Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told the Northern Echo that he doesn't think Arsene Wenger will let Mathieu Debuchy leave Arsenal.
The Black Cats have added four players to their squad during this month's transfer window, with goalkeeper Steve Harper, defenders Lamine Kone and Jan Kirchhoff as well as striker Dame N'Doye all arriving to aid the fight against relegation.
However, manager Allardyce may yet want some more signings before Monday's transfer deadline, and Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy appears to be on his wish list.
The Mirror reported earlier this week that Debuchy had been in talks over a loan move to Sunderland having barely played this season, with Hector Bellerin firmly entrenched as Arsenal's first choice right back.
The French international, 30, needs first team football if he is to make it into France's Euro 2016 squad, and a loan move would give him that opportunity.
Sunderland, who haven't given much football to summer signings Adam Matthews or DeAndre Yedlin, appear to be in the market for a right back, but manager Allardyce doesn't seem to believe a deal for Debuchy will happen.
Speaking to The Northern Echo earlier today, Allardyce stated that he isn't sure Debuchy wants a move, and doesn't think Arsene Wenger wants to let him go either.
"I’m not sure he really wants to leave Arsenal, or that Arsene Wenger would let him go," said Allardyce, seemingly downbeat about the situation.
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