Arsenal & Spurs defender target decides on move

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Arsenal and Tottenham target Rohit Chand has made the somewhat surprising decision to reject the overtures of the Barclays Premier League duo and sign for Blue Square Bet Premier outfit Kettering Town.

According to talkSPORT, the north London rivals were also vying with Lille for the signature of the 18-year-old Nepalese defender, who looks set to complete his move to Kettering in the coming week.

Kettering are owned by Asian businessman Imraan Ladak, whose wealth and ambitions have already convinced Real Madrid youngster to reject a move to Bolton in favour of a switch to Nene Park.

And, despite Arsenal and Spurs courting Chand, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) SC prodigy is set to follow suit.

"I have been in talks with two Premier League clubs and a French club to secure the future of Rohit," said Chand's agent Jonathan Hope.

"After a chat with Imraan Ladak, and seeing what he is building at Kettering, I am absolutely convinced the player will be best suited there and be a part of a revolution. In all my life in football I have never met a more ambitious chairman."


Despite choosing Kettering over Spurs, the latter already have somewhat of a connection to Chand, with former skipper Graham Roberts now the coach of Nepal.

Roberts was a firm favourite during his time with Spurs, spending six seasons at White Hart Lane in the 1980s, and he has backed Chand to follow in his footsteps and play at the highest level.

"Rohit is by far the best centre-half I have ever coached," said Roberts. "He is an extreme talent who will play at the highest level."

But Spurs and Arsenal will have to be content to let Chand slip through their respective grasps on this occasion, although both clubs are likely to keep a keen eye on his progress.

Meanwhile, the reported interest of Arsenal and Spurs in Blackburn centre-back Chris Samba could be halted after the Congo international was injured during Rovers' latest pre-season friendly.

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