Tottenham face competition from rivals for French ace

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Tottenham Hotspur have some serious work to do in the transfer market.

After a disappointing season last term, the north London side are gearing up for a 12-month period where they've got some ground to make up.

A sixth-place finish in the Premier League was enough to spare their blushes after a torrid campaign, but they know it's time to get themselves back on track.

Spurs will be targeting a spot in the Champions League in 2021-22, and if they're to do that they'll need to either finish in the top four or win the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho is as close to being a guaranteed winner as you're likely to find, and he'll be key to attracting players who can get the club back to where they belong.

But according to reports in France, Tottenham may be losing their grip on one target.

Le 10 Sport, via The Sun, have claimed that Arsenal have entered the race for Morgan Sanson.

The Marseille midfielder is attracting plenty of interest of an impressive campaign in Ligue 1.

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Sanson is out of contract next summer, but according to reports the player would still cost a fee in the region of £36million if the Gunners want to get this deal done.

Spurs were first linked with the defensive midfielder in late June, however their interest went cold as efforts to sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were stepped up.

That move for the Southampton man is on the cusp of completion, which could suggest why Mourinho's pursuit of the Marseille man has gone quiet.

But with Tottenham keen to bolster their midfield, there's little to suggest that they won't target the Frenchman who scored five goals in 30 appearances last term.

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Tottenham Hotspur's interest in Morgan Sanson seems to have gone quiet in recent weeks.

In truth, that's probably down to the pursuit of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

The Southampton man looks set to move to North London, and that will be a very shrewd piece of business from Daniel Levy.

As for Sanson, his future remains up in the air.

Arsenal are certainly in need of midfield reinforcements, and the Marseille man could be the ideal person to fill that void.

A fee of £36million could be a little bit steep for Mikel Arteta's side, but if they're serious about strengthening then they'll need to spend some money.

At 25 years of age the French midfielder is ready to step up a level, and so if he was to move to north London I'd expect him to be a hit.

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