Everton and Southampton have held high-level talks with Arsenal about signing England forward Theo Walcott in a permanent transfer this month.
Several clubs have enquired about a loan deal for Walcott, 28, but Arsenal will only consider a sale – otherwise he will stay until the summer.
While not agitating to leave, the player is frustrated at a lack of games and is open to joining the Toffees or Saints to reignite his career.
Walcott’s contract runs until 2019.
If he departs mid-season, he is not interested in a move to a foreign club.
Another Gunners forward who could leave this month is Alexis Sanchez, a target for Manchester City.