Wenger coy over Smalling
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for Fulham youngster Chris Smalling.
Last Updated: 22/01/10 5:32pm
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for Fulham youngster Chris Smalling in the future.
The England Under-21 international, who was playing non-league football for Maidstone just 18 months ago, is now regarded as one of the best young defensive prospects in the country.
He has started just one league match for Roy Hodgson's side but is already being linked with a move to Emirates Stadium after coming onto Wenger's radar.
And the Frenchman has refused to rule out a future move for Smalling, admitted his admiration for the youngster.
"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."
Wenger has also been strongly linked with a move for a striker in January, but insists there is nothing in the pipeline.
"At the moment we are not on the verge of signing anybody," he added.
"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."