Arsenal lead Manchester United in race for Teddy Bishop

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Arsenal are winning the race for Ipswich Town midfielder Teddy Bishop, who is rated at £10 million by the Championship club, reports The Sun.

The 18-year-old has attracted the interest of a host of Premier League clubs for his performances so far this season including an impressive display in Ipswich's 4-2 victory over Brentford on Boxing Day.

Manchester United are the biggest team currently tracking Bishop with Louis van Gaal sending scouts to monitor the youngster on a number of occasions. The Red Devils appeared favourites to land Bishop ahead of other interested parties including: Manchester City, West Ham, Newcastle and Liverpool.

Arsenal determined

However, Arsene Wenger is determined to make sure the youngster arrives at the Emirates Stadium instead of Old Trafford and is ready to pay £10 million to secure his services.

The Gunners may have to wait until the summer to secure the deal as Ipswich continue to chase promotion to the Premier League. Manager Mick McCarthy is unlikely to part with any important player at the halfway point when promotion remains a distinct possibility.

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Double transfer deal

Wenger could also offer the Tractor Boys a double deal for Bishop and Tyrone Mings. The young defender has become a key player for Ipswich this season and has all the hallmarks of an Arsenal signing. A deal for both could cost £20 million.

Mings can play at both left-back and centre-back while Bishop plays in an advanced midfield role behind the striker. Both would become part of a growing British core at Arsenal but Wenger needs to make sure Manchester United don't beat him to the punch on both counts.

Van Gaal is likely to offer Bishop an attractive offer to move to Old Trafford and, having seen the likes of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair get plenty of game time this season, Manchester United may end up being the best option.

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