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Arsenal defender Saliba and St Etienne retain hope of January reunion

Arsenal defender William Saliba retains hope of a return to Saint Etienne.

The Gunners are keen to find a loan move for the youngster, though would prefer he move within in England - which could include dropping down into the Championship.

However, France Football says there remains confidence between ASSE and Saliba of a reunion.

While ASSE lack the finances to cover the deal on current terms, Saliba is prepared to sacrifice a dramatic percentage of his wages to seal the move.

But Arsenal management will still need some persuading, with the preference remaining an English loan switch.

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