Spurs prepare £4m 'steal' of Arsenal target

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Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a £4 million move for French Under 21 international Eliaquim Mangala.

The Standard Liege midfielder has been on the radar of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for some time now, with the Gunners thought to be monitoring the players progress after he impressed at the Emirates in the Champions League last term.

However, talkSPORT now claims Spurs are ready to 'steal a march' on their north London rivals and make the first move for the coveted 20-year-old.

"I think he is ready to move on and play in another championship - even if Standard is regarded as one of the top clubs in Europe," said agent Fabrizio Ferrari.

"I hope to have some offers from English clubs (in the summer)."


Harry Redknapp is looking to bolster his Tottenham Hotspur squad as the White Hart Lane outfit look to get back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League next season, thus securing a place in the Champions League.

With Paris St. Germaine and Lille also thought to be interested in bringing the player back to his homeland Spurs look set to face some strong competition if they wish to land the player.

That said, Arsenal are unlikely to let the player move to their local rivals without a fight after tracking his rise at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.

Wenger is renowned for getting the best out of young talent at Arsenal, and would hope to persuade the 20-year-old that the Gunners would be the best option for his long-term future.

Arsenal would also be able to offer the player immediate Champions League opportunities.

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