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Robert Pires 'not aware' of Crawley Town interest

Robert Pires
Pires has been training with Arsenal this week

Robert Pires is "not aware" of any interest from Blue Square Bet Premier side Crawley Town, according to a spokesman for the midfielder.

BBC Sussex understands that Crawley are set to begin talks with the 36-year-old former Arsenal and France star.

But his spokesman told BBC London 94.9: "We are not aware of any interest from Crawley Town."

Pires is back in England looking for a club after leaving Spanish side Villarreal in the summer.

The former France international, who played for Arsenal from 2000 to 2006, scoring 84 goals in 284 games, has been back training with the Gunners.

His spokesman added: "Robert continues to train at Arsenal.

"We'll evaluate on a case by case basis. Robert wishes to continue his career playing at the highest level."


Crawley have spent heavily this summer in 'Project Promotion' as they bid to win the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Red Devils boss Steve Evans was given a major cash injection in the summer by owner Bruce Winfield and used it to bring in Salisbury forward Matt Tubbs, Peterborough winger Sergio Torres and York striker Richard Brodie, who was thought to cost around £250,000 - a record for a non-league club.

But Pires, who has won the World Cup, a European Championship and two Premier League titles, would be by far the biggest coup for the club, who have never played in the Football League.

The veteran, who started his career at Metz and played for Marseille before joining Arsenal 10 years ago, recently said that he would retire if he does not find a new club by the end of January and mooted Aston Villa, Birmingham and QPR as possible destinations.

Evans denied a newspaper report earlier this month that he would have £1m to spend in January.

Crawley visit Newport County in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round this weekend.

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see also
Evans slams Crawley cash claims
05 Oct 10 |  Crawley
Pires agrees deal with Villarreal
25 May 06 |  Arsenal
Pires to announce Arsenal future
13 May 06 |  Arsenal

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