Saint-Etienne are in discussions with Mathieu Debuchy over a potential move back to Ligue 1, according to French outlet TF1.
The 32 year old made clear his desire to leave the club during this window, saying last month, “I want to leave, to find a new challenge in January.
“We’ll see if there are good opportunities in the transfer window. I’m open.”
The former France international signed a 5 year deal when he joined the club from Newcastle in the summer of 2014, but after a bright start to his career suffered two serious injuries in his first season.
That opened the door for Hector Bellerin who has remained first choice ever since. Debuchy did have a loan spell with Bordeaux, but was plagued by injury again last season, playing just 16 minutes in the entire campaign.
This season he has made eight appearances but none in the Premier League, and Arsenal will not stand in the way of a move this month.
It’s the latest potential departure with Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez probably on the way out, while reports of Arsenal’s interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being widely reported this evening.