Spurs close on Arsenal's £9m striker target - reports


Tottenham are closing in on a move for Blackburn forward and reported Arsenal target Junior Hoilett reports the Independent.

The 21-year-old Canadian international is out of contract at the end of the season, and has so far failed to agree a new deal at Ewood Park, leading to speculation he could leave in January.

With Spurs boss Harry Redknapp looking to strengthen his White Hart Lane squad in his bid to secure a UEFA Champions League spot this year, Hoilett has emerged on the north Londoners radar.

Blackburn have all but given up hope of retaining their most valuable asset, and may be forced into selling when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

Despite rating Hoilett - a product of Blackburn's youth academy - as highly as former defender Phil Jones, who moved to Manchester United in a £16.5million deal in the summer, the fact he is in the last 12 months of his contract means that Rovers will struggle to sell him for more than the £9million Tottenham are prepared to offer.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has also been credited with an interest in bringing Hoilett to the Emirates Stadium, but Redknapp is thought to be the most enthusiastic suitor of the forward, who is capable of playing on both flanks as well as through the middle.

The 64-year-old is keen to bolster his attacking options having seemingly lost faith in both Niko Kranjcar and Steven Pienaar - the latter of which has endured an injury-hit 11 months since joining Spurs from Everton last January.

With that in mind, Redknapp will do everything he can to challenge Arsenal for Hoilett's signature, and hopes to agree a cut-price deal for the player in just over a month's time.

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