Arsenal & Spurs dealt Brazilian midfielder blow

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a transfer blow in their potential pursuit of midfielder Hernanes.

The Lazio star is set to snub interest from the Premier League duo, according to talkSPORT, with the 28-year-old eager to extend his deal at the Stadio Olimpico beyond 2015.

Both the Gunners and Spurs have monitored the Brazilian international over the past two years, the radio station claims, but Hernanes has dismissed the speculation out of hand.

"I'm good at Lazio, I want to deny all the rumours regarding the situation of my future,” he told Lazio Style Radio.

"My contract? If the club think I deserve to stay then we will carry on together. There is plenty of time, I still have a year and a half left on my present agreement.”

Hernanes has struck 40 times in all competitions since moving to Serie ‘A’ from Sao Paolo, alerting some of Europe’s top clubs to his potential.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is one of those reported to be keen, as the Frenchman looks to build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title once again.

The Gunners look certain to go close this season, and currently hold a five-point lead atop the domestic table.

However, a lack of depth could be the Achilles heel at the Emirates Stadium, and Hernanes certainly would have offered Arsenal another goalscoring option from the heart of the pitch.

As for Tottenham Hotspur, they have a plethora of midfield talent after a summer of business by manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Spurs added Christian Erikson and Paulinho to their ranks, whilst another Brazilian midfielder, Sandro, has been impressing in north London this term.

The arrival of Hernanes could have meant the end for somebody already at the club, but it appears Tottenham Hotspur – like other interested parties – will miss out.

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