Arsenal not interested in Zaha, says Wenger

LONDON Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:29pm IST

England's Wilfried Zaha warms up during a training session at the Friends Arena in Stockholm November 13, 2012. England are set to play Sweden in an international friendly soccer match on Wednesday. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files

England's Wilfried Zaha warms up during a training session at the Friends Arena in Stockholm November 13, 2012. England are set to play Sweden in an international friendly soccer match on Wednesday.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal are not interested in buying Crystal Palace and England forward Wilfried Zaha though they do want to sign players during the January transfer window, manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday.

Zaha, 20, made his England debut in a friendly with Sweden in November despite playing for second-tier English side Palace and reports have linked him with Manchester United and Arsenal.

"I don't know if he will go to Man United. If he goes to Man United, good luck to him. We were never in for Zaha, never," Wenger told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's rearranged Premier League home game with West Ham United.

"We look only for players, not numbers but quality," added the Frenchman, who was coy about a move for compatriot and Olympique Lyon playmaker Yoann Gourcuff.

"I don't give you any names. It would put Lyon in a bad position and the player as well; you have to respect the player has a contract."

Wenger, whose side are sixth in the Premier League and desperate to make the fourth Champions League spot, also spoke glowingly about West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame but would not be drawn about possible interest.

Back-to-back league defeats by Manchester City and Chelsea prompted tabloid stories of Wenger holding showdown talks with his squad, which did not impress the manager.

"You do not have to come into our sleeping room to know what happens," he said.

"It becomes a little bit ridiculous that every single bit of the football club now has to be public and explained."

(Writing by Mark Meadows; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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