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Spurs and Liverpool do battle for Turkish superstar

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Tottenham have made an enquiry as regards to the availability of Galatasaray captain Arda Turan, but he has expressed his desire to join Liverpool.

Reports in the Turkish press suggest that the winger has been a long-term target of Arsenal, but it is Spurs who are favourites to gain his signature. However, Liverpool would be the preferred option for the 23-year-old, who admits to being a lifelong fan of the Reds.

"As I always mention, Liverpool attracts me because of their tradition. In Europe, I am a Liverpool supporter, so if I go to play in Europe, I would like to play for them," he said last season.

“My dream has always been to play for one of the top European clubs, but you shouldn’t make concrete plans in your life because sometimes these plans cannot be achieved. This is my dream, but for now I’m just working on my football.”

It is believed that Roy Hodgson is prepared to help Arda realise his ambition of playing at Anfield after Liverpool lost out on Lille winger Gervinho and sold Yossi Benayoun to Chelsea.

Arda's profile rose substantially after he was one of Turkey's star turns in an impressive Euro 2008 tournament, with the intensified interest forcing Galatasaray to slap a £10 million price tag on their man.

Spurs appear to have less reservations than Liverpool about splashing out to get their target, and Arda's agent admitted that he had been in contact with their representatives and is hoping they will turn their interest into an official bid.

“At the moment I have had no contact, unofficial or official from Arsenal or Arsene Wenger. Regarding Tottenham Hotspur there was a small enquiry regarding the player, but I have had no official contact or an official bid for the player," said Ahmet Bulut.

“So, at the moment Arda (Turan) has two years left on his contract at Gala. And, we are waiting for an official bid for Arda from Tottenham. We will see.”

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