Arsene Wenger has distanced himself from stories linking Arsenal with a move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, leaving bitter rivals Tottenham free to make a move for the forward in January, according to talkSPORT.

Reports had suggested that Arsenal were leading the race to sign the young Spaniard, who Wenger had supposedly identified as the man to support Olivier Giroud for the second half of the season.

But Wenger has moved quickly to deny reports he had already lined up a loan deal for the talented 21-year-old, stating simply: “There is no truth in that.”

That has left the door open for Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas to try and lure the forward to White Hart Lane once more.

Villas-Boas tried to sign Morata in the summer, as part of the deal that saw Gareth Bale move in the opposite direction.

The move was blocked by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, although now it seems the Italian is happy to let the youngster go out on loan and pick up some experience during the second half of the season.

Villas-Boas is set to sign another striker in January, with £26million summer signing Roberto Soldado firing just one Premier League goal from open play so far this season.

Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor may also both be on their way out of White Hart Lane in January.