Arsenal & Tottenham offered hope in Moroccan midfielder chase

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been offered hope in their respective pursuits of Dynamo Kiev star Younes Belhanda, after the midfielder reiterated his desire to one day play in the Premier League, reports the Daily Star.

The Morocco international has been heavily linked with a move to England in recent years, after rising to prominence during his time in France with Montpellier.

Belhanda played an instrumental part in the club's Ligue 1 title winning campaign in 2011/12 - alongside Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud - and was voted Young Player of the Year the following season.

His impressive performances earned the 23-year-old a summer transfer to Ukraine, where he has gone on to excel for Oleh Blokhin's side.

"For now, all is well (in Ukraine) the adjustment period was a bit tricky with the language and the country change, as I had been ten years before at Montpellier," Belhanda explained. "I was in my cocoon and I needed a new motivation to move ahead.

"I did not have other contacts [with other clubs] last summer. When I got the call from the President of Kiev, he wanted to meet me at Monaco.

"As soon as he introduced me to his project, I didn't hesitate. I signed without complexes."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is still believed to be keeping tabs on Belhanda's progress in Kiev, and is weighing up a bid to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal will face competition for the player's signature, from north London rivals Tottenham, with Andre Villas-Boas a confirmed admirer of the African winger, having tried to sign him as a replacement for Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane last summer.

Despite Belhanda only moving to Ukraine in July, both clubs will be encouraged by his latest comments, citing a desire still to move to the Premier League.

"My dream is to play in England, but maybe I did not do the right thing last year to attract big clubs," he added.

"The Kiev coach put me directly in number 10. He recruited me for this. He told me that we had to do better than last year."

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