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Spurs & Arsenal get clear run at £10m Ligue 1 playmaker

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Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have a clear run at midfielder Younes Belhanda after Turkish giants Fenerbache pulled out of negotiations to sign the player last night (Wednesday).

The Montpellier playmaker has been heavily linked with a move away from France in recent weeks, with both Spurs and the Gunners repeatedly mentioned alongside the 22-year-old.

However, it appeared that the Premier League duo were set to miss out on the player, after Fenerbache agreed personal terms with the player in mid-January, according to Goal.com.

But, the deal is now dead for last season’s Super Lig runners-up, who claim that both the player and club have been inconsistent in their demands.

"Due to the constant change in demands from both the club and player, we have decided to withdraw from negotiations," read a Fenerbache statement.

Reports in The Daily Mail last week claimed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had been offered the player for £10million, with the Ligue 1 champions looking to off-load the player.

Wenger has previous transfer history with Montpellier, having brought Olivier Giroud to the Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window.

And, with Fenerbache now out of the transfer picture, the door is wide open for Arsenal if they wish to pursue a deal.

Tottenham Hotspur were first linked with a move in December, with the Daily Mail claiming manager Andre Villas-Boas was ready to make an offer in the New Year.

However, Montpelier revealed in the middle of the month that a Spurs bid had not been forthcoming, with Turkey looking like the player’s most probable next destination.

That deal is now dead in the water, and Tottenham have the chance to challenge their north London rivals for Belhanda’s signature if they wish. But, both clubs now have less than 12 hours to complete their business.

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