By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
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Mathieu Debuchy is closing in on a shock loan move to Bordeaux after Aston Villa ruled out signing him on deadline day.
French newspaper L’Equipe are reporting that the Arsenal right-back has agreed to join Bordeaux for the rest of the season.
Arsene Wenger revealed on Monday morning that Debuchy was unlikely to move to the Midlands club, which was later corroborated by Villa manager Remi Garde.
“Debuchy will not be joining Aston Villa,” Garde said at his media briefing on Monday afternoon. “Aston Villa wanted a loan. Arsenal wanted a permanent transfer.”
Speaking at his media briefing on Monday morning about whether Debuchy will leave Arsenal in the window, Wenger said: “At the moment it doesn’t look like it, but it’s a possibility,” he said.
But any deal will only be a loan. “It’s impossible to do permanent deal now,” the manager added.
Asked whether Debuchy – who has also attracted interest from Sunderland and Bayer Leverkusen – will be staying in the Premier League, Wenger replied, “yes”.
However, it now appears as if Debuchy is headed back to his homeland as he aims to clinch a place in the France squad for Euro 2016.