Arsenal & Tottenham left to tussle over Belgium star

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been left to fight it out over the signing of defender Toby Alderweireld after Spartak Moscow dropped out the running.

According to the Express, both Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas are interested in recruiting the versatile Belgium international, who looks certain to leave Ajax this summer.

A fee of just £6million has been mooted for Alderweireld and the report claims Arsenal are ready to meet the valuation set down by the Eredivisie champions.

However, Tottenham are also credited with a long-standing interest in him and could enter in to a transfer tussle with the north London rivals.

Spartak Moscow were reportedly favourites to land the 24-year-old but have now pulled out of the race to sign him after turning their attentions towards Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Joao Carlos.

Alderweireld is another promising product from the Ajax youth academy and it primarily a centre-back, but he can operate as a defensive midfielder, as well as a right-back.

Those attributes make him an ideal target for the Gunners, as they are looking light at the back and have no reliable cover for Mikel Arteta in front of the back four.

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