Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has reaffirmed hopes of securing on-loan Arsenal striker Carlos Vela to a permanent deal.

The Mexico international has impressed in San Sebastian this season.

"It is true, we want the player and we are prepared to fight to close the deal," said Aperribay. "At the moment things have stopped because Arsenal only want to speak at the end of the season.

"It will not be easy, but Vela wants to stay here and that could be crucial in the negotiations."