Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has revealed he has been in conversations with Arsene Wenger to bolster his squad with some Arsenal players during the January transfer window. The French boss admitted right-back Mathieu Debuchy is one of the possible targets but was coy when asked about a potential move for Chelsea striker Loic Remy.
Garde was appointed as Aston Villa in November 2015 following Tim Sherwood's dismissal. But the former Lyon boss has struggled to make an impact with the squad, with his side bottom of the Premier League with just eight points from 20 games.
The manager wants to put the things right during the current transfer window in order to avoid relegation and the former Arsenal star looks ready to take advantage of his relationship with Wenger to strengthen his ranks.
"I had a conversation with Arsene Wenger a few days about some of the players and Mathieu Debuchy was one of the players," Garde said as quoted by Birmingham Mail.
The right-back has been linked with a number of clubs in recent weeks after he admitted his desire to leave Arsenal in January to secure regular time ahead of the 2016 European Championships in France. But Garde said: "It's too early. It wont help me or anybody to go forward to make any more comments about that today."
Garde had previously admitted he was also interested in the services of Remy on loan until the end of the season. However, after Guus Hiddink reacted angrily to his comments, the Aston Villa manager has refused to make further comments on the potential arrival of the Chelsea star.
"You asked me the question last week actually... and then I answered," Garde added, speaking ahead of the FA Cup third round tie at Wycombe Wanderers on 9 January. "But maybe I shouldn't have because I can understand that the Chelsea manager has been a little bit upset hearing me speaking about one of his players.
"This week I won't make any more comments about it. No, this is a problem that I can understand from his point of view. I respect what he said. I won't make any more comments today about Loic Remy."