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England U21 on Tottenham & Arsenal radar

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Barry Fry is not worried about losing Ryan Bennett after revealing he has spoken to several clubs about the defender, including Tottenham and Arsenal.

The Peterborough United director of football insists he isn't concerned about losing the 21-year-old, despite interest from the Barclays Premier League.

"Arsenal and Spurs have been tracking Ryan for a couple of years now," Fry told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. "I have had conversations with them and with half-a-dozen other clubs.

"But it's only talk so far and I wouldn't expect that to change any time soon."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is tipped to add another defender to his Emirates Stadium squad in January, as he looks to shore up Arsenal's backline, but it would be a surprise if he was to move for Bennett.

Meanwhile, Spurs chief Harry Redknapp is also known to be in the market for defensive recruits after failing to sign Gary Cahill in the summer - another player that Arsenal were also interested in.

With Sebastien Bassong expected to leave White Hart Lane when the transfer window reopens, Tottenham may renew interest in Cahill, but could also tempt Posh into selling with a January bid.

After moving to London Road two years ago from Grimsby Town, Bennett has come on leaps and bounds, with his impressive form this season being rewarded with an England U21 call-up and debut.

"Ryan recently signed a fresh deal with us," added Fry. "He's happy here and he loves working for our manager.

"Obviously if someone bid £10million that new contract wouldn't mean a lot! But that isn't likely to happen.

"There is no rush because Ryan is just going to get better and better. He's playing in a great standard of football now and has looked very impressive."

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