Arsenal to challenge Spurs for Champions League star signature

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Highly rated Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes will become the subject of a north London transfer tussle this summer after attracting the interest of both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

The 23-year-old German stopper was hoping to impress potential Barclays Premier League suitors in his side's Champions League semi-final match-up with Manchester United.

But his plans to showcase his talent in front of respective Arsenal and Spurs scouts has been cast into doubt after sustaining injury in Schalke’s weekend Bundesliga encounter.

"The earliest we will decide on whether he will play or not is after our last training or even on the matchday itself," said head coach, Ralf Rangnick in yesterday's press conference ahead of tonight's first leg tie.

Having helped Schalke maintain a 100% home record in the Champions League this season, Howedes will be a big loss to the German outfit having picked up an abdominal muscle injury in the 1-0 defeat to Kaiserslautern on Saturday.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is known to be in the market for a central defensive addition having recently admitted that the Gunners lack another influential player at the back.

He has earmarked Howedes for a summer move to the Emirates Stadium, but could face competition for his signature from Harry Redknapp, who is also keen to bring him to White Hart Lane.

The Tottenham boss has also made a central defender a priority transfer when the window reopens in June, and has already penned William Gallas to a new contract that will keep him at Spurs for a further two years.

Schalke officials have reportedly told talkSPORT that Howedes has been watched by representatives from the Barclays Premier League on more than one occasion, with Arsenal and Tottenham thought to be the clubs leading the chase.

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