Spurs boosted in £8m Arsenal target race

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Tottenham have been alerted over the possibility of snapping up Blackburn ace Junior Hoilett after Rovers boss Steve Kean admitted contract talks with the Canadian had broken down and he could be available for transfer in January.


Tottenham have maintained an interest in Hoilett for some time, and were said to be preparing a bid for the wide man in January.


Having been so heavily linked with the former St. Pauli forward, Spurs have had their chances significantly boosted by Kean’s revelation that contract talks had broken down.


The Canadian international, who is out of contract this summer, has also courted interest from Arsenal ahead of the January transfer window.

The Gunners were also reportedly preparing a bid for Hoilet in January, although it appears their north London rivals are in the driving seat.


Kean has admitted he is losing the battle to keep hold of one of his most influential players to a league rival.


“Any player does when it gets down to six months. What we have to do is to continue to be open and honest with Junior and say 'we want you to stay'.


“If he would like to commit his future to the club we have always said from day one that we would like to get it tied up.”


"He has probably taken the opportunity to look elsewhere. I don't know where he is on it. If we can get to a point where he wants to sign then great.


"If not, if there is a bid that comes in then we would obviously have to consider that, and the fact that he hadn't signed. But no bids have come in." he added.


Tottenham Hotspur were left short out wide after Aaron Lennon suffered a hamstring injury over the festive period, with the Spurs boss forced to deploy Rafael Van Der Vaart in the unfamiliar role on the right wing.


Redkanpp admitted his squad was unbalanced because of Lennon’s absence, and is said to be eyeing up numerous wing targets with Hoilet, who he described as an “exciting” player earlier this season, at the top of his list.


Spurs may attempt to bring Hoilett to White Hart Lane as part of a double deal alongside team-mate Chris Samba, with £15 million said to be the fee the pair command.

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