North London rivals ready to battle Liverpool for Barcelona star

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Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool could be gearing up for a transfer tussle over out-of-favour Barcelona forward David Villa, according to Punto Pelota.

Villa has found first team action hard to come by since returning from a broken leg in the Club World Cup final against Santos a year ago, and was on the bench for Barcelona’s most recent game against Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening.

According to Punto Pelota, Villa himself is keen on a move to the Premier League if he choses to leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

The Spanish source report that north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal could be ready to make a move for the Spanish striker, while Liverpool are also believed to be interested in making a move if he becomes available.

All three clubs look short in the striker department and have been linked with a move for attacking options in the January window.

Spurs’ shortcomings in attack were exposed against Swansea after Emmanuel Adebayor limped off during the 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane, leaving Jermain Defoe as manager Ander Villas-Boas’ only genuine attacking option.

Arsenal are still short of quality in attack after the departure of Robin van Persie, despite Theo Walcott stepping up and taking on a more central role, while Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is desperately short of attacking options with only Luis Suarez available for action at Anfield.

Whether Villa is a logical solution for Arsenal, Tottenham or Liverpool remains to be seen however.

The 31-year-old is said to be annoyed at his lack of game time having been promised that he would be included more by Barca boss Tito Vilanova.

Punto Pelota also claim that Villa has been taking English lessons ahead of a potential move to the Premier League.

But Liverpool boss Rodgers said over the weekend that he is unlikely to spend big in January, while Villas-Boas and Arsene Wenger have also expressed a reluctance to enter the market in the winter window.

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