Arsenal defender target 'wants to make the step up'

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Christopher Samba hopes that Blackburn Rovers will not stand in his way if an attractive offer is presented to him. reports how the 27-year-old South African international stopper is keen to test himself at a higher level if the opportunity is forthcoming.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is known to be in the market for defensive reinforcements, and Samba's name has been consistently linked with an Emirates Stadium switch.

But Arsenal's north London rivals Tottenham have also been touted as a club in the frame, with Harry Redknapp reportedly monitoring the situation with a view to bringing him to White Hart Lane this summer.

Ewood Park boss Steve Kean yesterday expressed his desire to keep hold of all his key Rovers players, but it appears that Samba's future aspirations lie elsewhere.


"For four-and-a-half years I have been at Blackburn and fought against relegation," he said in an interview with L'Equipe.

"If a good opportunity presents itself, I want to take it. I hope the club will understand if I want to make the step up and not prevent a deal."

Samba's comments will encourage his potential suitors, with Arsenal and Spurs likely to step up their pursuit of the commanding defender, who only recently signed a contract extension at Blackburn – a deal that commits him to the club until the summer of 2015.

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