By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger is hoping that Carlos Vela’s loan deal will be completed before the end of this week.

At the start of January, the Arsenal manager revealed he wanted his Mexican striker to make a temporary move in order to get some playing time. Major clubs from England and abroad have contacted the Frenchman about a possible loan, with Bolton boss Owen Coyle publically professing his interest.

According to Wenger, the 21-year-old prefers a move to Spain but the manager wants to keep him in England. Either way, a deal could be sealed after the Carling Cup Semi-Final second leg with Ipswich.

“There’s nothing done at the moment, no,” the manager told “But that could be sorted out Wednesday or Thursday.

“Personally I wish [he would go to a Premier League club] because he's a great player and it will be easier for me to follow his progress but he is attracted by Spanish football because it is his home language. But hopefully we can find a good solution for him in England.”

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25 Jan 2011