Spurs face Arsenal fight for 'next Gareth Bale' - reports

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Tottenham and Arsenal will go head-to-head for the signature highly-rated Southampton left-back Luke Shaw according to The People.

The 16-year-old starlet is on the verge of breaking into Saints boss Nigel Adkins' first-team, who sit proudly at the top of the Npower Championship.

Shaw was handed a place on the bench for the recent Carling Cup visit of Preston, but is yet to make his senior bow.

His progress is being followed closely in north London as both Arsenal and Spurs vie for his signature.


Having already raided the south coast club for the services of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Theo Walcott before him, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger now wants to bring Shaw to the Emirates Stadium.

The youngster, who has been dubbed the 'next Gareth Bale' due to his natural attacking ability on the left flank, has also been likened to the Tottenham star because he too started off with the Southampton academy.

And the similarities may not stop there, if Shaw follows the Welsh wing wizard to White Hart Lane, following reports that Harry Redknapp also wants to bring him to Tottenham.

After impressing at England youth international level, Shaw has been watched on a number of occasions by Arsenal scouts, but Reknapp will be hoping to utilise any former contacts at St Mary's from his time there as manager, in order for Spurs to land their man.

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