Arsenal & Chelsea lead chase for £7m midfielder


Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is the subject of a three-way transfer tussle between three of the Barclays Premier League's capital clubs, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham looking to sign the player according to

The 23-year-old Frenchman moved to Ewood Park from Amiens in 2009, and after turning in a series of impressive performances for Steve Kean's relegation-strugglers, has attracted attention from a number of clubs.

Despite bolstering his midfield department in the summer, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keeping tabs on N'Zonzi's situation, and is attracted by the modest £7million fee being touted as his sale price.

However, Arsenal will face competition from Chelsea as Andre Villas-Boas is also believed to have targeted N'Zonzi for a Stamford Bridge switch in January.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was the first manager of the three aforementioned clubs to have been credited with an interest in the former Paris Saint Germain player, and could still try to entice him to White Hart Lane before the transfer window closes.

Blackburn have made clear their need to sell players in order to finance other New Year deals, and will be encouraged by the level of interest in N'Zonzi, as they hope to set off a bidding war between Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

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