Arsenal & Spurs ready to battle for £12m EPL ace - reports

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Ben Foster will be the subject of interest from Arsenal and Tottenham in the summer, according to reports.

The Birmingham goalkeeper has been in fine fettle this season having moved to St Andrew's from Manchester United only last year.

And, with Arsenal and Spurs both reportedly on the lookout for a new no.1 when the transfer window reopens, the Mirror claims that the north London rivals will target £12 million-rated Foster.

After his latest blunder against Real Madrid, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has reportedly lost patience with current custodian Heurelho Gomes and has his sights set on finding a replacement in the closed season.

The Brazilian was signed by Redknapp's predecessor at White Hart Lane, Juande Ramos, and has endured an inconsistent spell with the club.

Having been one of the star turns for Spurs last season as the qualified for the Champions League for the first time, the 30-year-old's capabilities have been called into question in recent weeks after some error strewn performances.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also alleged to be after a new first-choice shot-stopper after another season where the unreliability of Arsene Wenger's current crop of goalkeepers has been highlighted on several occasions.

With Manuel Almunia having fallen out of favour with Wenger, the Arsenal boss turned to Lukasz Fabianski and - despite starting in tentative fashion - he began to show some promise.


However, his good form for Arsenal was curtailed by injury and 21-year-old Wojciech Szczesny was soon called upon to fill the void left by his compatriot.

Injury to Szczesny forced Wenger to draft in former Arsenal favourite on emergency loan, but the Pole has since reclaimed a starting berth.

Former Gunners' gloveman, Bob Wilson, has claimed Szczesny is good enough to remain between the sticks for Arsenal for years to come, but Wenger has been tipped to sign a more experienced 'keeper in the summer.

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