Tottenham will attempt to gazump Arsenal in the race for Blackburn defender Chris Samba, it has been claimed.
According to The Mirror, the Gunners have already had an offer of £8 million rejected for the Congolese, while their north London rivals are prepared to meet Blackburn's £12 million asking price.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is reportedly keen to bring two defenders with Barclays Premier League experience to White Hart Lane during the summer, with Samba allegedly one of the players on his radar.
However, Arsenal have made the early running in the pursuit of the Blackburn centre-back as Arsene Wenger attempts to shore up his fragile defence with a player who possesses strong aerial ability.
Reports last week suggested Arsenal had already been in talks with Rovers over the signing of the 27-year-old, with the Gunners supposedly told to return with a suitable offer.
But, despite Samba's desire to join Arsenal, Blackburn do not need to sell, and are likely to be even more reluctant to do so after losing Phil Jones to Manchester United.
Arsenal and Spurs had also been in for the the 19-year-old centre-half, but he opted to move to Old Trafford instead of the Emirates Stadium or White Hart Lane.
Bolton star Gary Cahill is also a reported target for Arsenal and Spurs, while both clubs are also chasing attacking reinforcements.
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