Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he may ''reconsider'' a move for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh when the transfer window re-opens in January.
The Gunners were strongly linked with a £10 million swoop for the Morocco international before the September 1 deadline.
Chamakh's agent claims Wenger sees the 25-year-old as a potential replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor, who was sold to Manchester City during the summer.
The Arsenal manager said: ''He is a player we were close to signing, but at the moment we have lost a little bit of touch with him because there is no transfer period now. We might reconsider the position if it is needed in January.''
Wenger has already admitted his disappointment at the reaction of Adebayor - a player he plucked from relative obscurity at Monaco three years ago, and helped mould into one of Europe's most sought-after strikers.
However, when pressed on the latest developments ahead of the Premier League clash against Wigan at the Emirates Stadium, the Arsenal manager refused to be drawn on the issue any more.
''We have to put that behind us now and focus on what is in front of us,'' said Wenger. ''Personally I believe what is very important for us is to focus on tomorrow's game and forget all that happened last weekend.
''Adebayor plays for Man City, he does not play for Arsenal anymore and I am here to speak about the players who play for our club and not those who do not anymore.
''I believe that what is important is what is good for the club: what is good for Arsenal is that we win football games so let us focus on that.''