£13.75m winger target opens Arsenal & Spurs transfer door

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Bryan Ruiz has opened the door to a possible summer move away from FC Twente.

The Costa Rican international winger has been heavily linked with a move away from the Eredivisie outfit, with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur thought to be leading the chase from the Barclays Premier League.

Arsene Wenger's need to bring in another attacking midfielder is set to increase, should Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas and French international Samir Nasri leave the Emirates as expected during the transfer window, and Ruiz has emerged as a potential replacement for one of the pair.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is known to be an admirer of the player though, and the Dutch outfit were forced to deny an official approach had been made by the White Hart Lane outfit amidst feverish speculation to the contrary in Holland.

A £13.7 million release clause has left the North London pair knowing what they need to pay for the 25-year-old, and his comments could spur the pair into moves for the player.

"I have three weeks left to transfer and I hope I can change to one of the best leagues, such as the English, otherwise I will stay in Twente," said the former Gent starlet.

"There is a team that is showing interest, but it will be my agent that keeps me informed about the negotiations."

Spurs also have uncertainty hanging over a handful of their players, notably strikers in the shape of Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko, and midfielders Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Wilson Palacios.


With Tottenham Hotspur chief Redknapp admitting earlier in the summer that player's may have to be sold to fund more transfers, a player sale might be needed before a move for Ruiz can be made.

Whilst the situation is not the same at the Emirates, the Arsenal boss is only likely to move when players depart the club.

The developing situation could leave Ruiz waiting until the end of the transfer window for a move, but with compatriot Joel Campbell also linked with a move to Arsenal, the possibility of a shock double Costa Rican swoop by the Gunners remains a possibility.

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