Montpellier: "There has been no contact at present"

French Ligue 1 side Montpellier has denied that there has been any contact with Arsenal over the possible transfer of defender Emir Spahic, via a statement on their official site.

Reports emanating out of Spahic’s homeland Bosnia yesterday suggested that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was close to securing a deal for the 29-year-old. However, his club have quickly come out to rebuff their player’s quotes.

“Following the Associated Football Press’ articles this morning indicating that negotiations have begun between Montpellier and Arsenal over Emir Spahic, Montpellier denies having had any contact with the Gunners’ about him at present.”

Wenger has been linked with a string of defenders this summer after the exits of Sol Campbell, Mikael Silvestre and William Gallas from the Emirates.

New signing Laurent Koscielny impressed during the recent Emirates Cup tournament alongside Thomas Vermaelen, and the addition of Spahić would provide depth in a position that seemed to be a problem area in north London a few weeks back.

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