Arsenal & Spurs scouts run rule over Charlton midfielder

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur scouts were in attendance as Charlton Athletic ran out 1-0 winners against Bournemouth last night, running the rule over highly-rated midfielder Diego Poyet.

According to the London Evening Standard, the 18-year-old son of Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is attracting attention from a number of Premier League clubs, following a series of scintillating performances for the Addicks.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the talented teenager to the Emirates Stadium, and sent a club representative to The Valley on Tuesday evening.

Arsenal will face stiff competition for Poyet's signature though, with scouts from Spurs, West Ham and Fulham also present for the Championship encounter.

Of those three sides, Tottenham are arguably the biggest threat, based on the fact that Poyet senior enjoyed a playing spell at White Hart Lane, and might encourage his son to follow in his footsteps there.

Diego will be out of contract at Charlton at the end of the season, and could leave south east London for as little as £400,000 compensation, though that fee could rise to £3million should he go on to establish himself in the Premier League.

Charlton's new Belgian owners are desperate to tie the in-demand starlet to a new deal, in an attempt to negotiate as much money as possible.

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