Spurs and Arsenal tussle over Marseille forward Loic Remy

Mar 6, 2012
Bill Mann

Redknapp and Wenger may also have to fight over defender Jan Vertonghen

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ARSENAL and Tottenham aren't just fighting for third spot in the Premier League - according to Talksport, the north London rivals are also going head-to-head for the services of French striker Loic Remy.

The Marseille hitman has caught the eye of both Harry Redknapp and Arsene Wenger in recent weeks, and apparently Spurs have despatched their scouts south to watch the international frontman in action. The Nutty Professor has also been monitoring the 25-year-old and it appears all the attention is bearing fruit.

Talksport reports that in an interview with French magazine Surface, Remy declares: "My dream is to play for a big club in England or Italy [but] for now I hope to finish the season well with Marseille. Then we will see what can happen for the summer."

Remy joined Marseille from Nice in 2010 and has netted 24 times in 52 league matches, making him nearly as red hot as Robin van Persie in front of goal.

And if that wasn't enough the two London rivals could also end up going toe-to-toe for Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen of Ajax, according to Sky. The 24-year-old who has 36 international caps has made it clear he, like Remy, fancies a move to England this summer.

"I am still under contract until June 2013, but I do not intend to extend it," said the Ajax captain, who recently tasted victory at Old Trafford when his side beat Manchester United in the Europa League. "I hope to continue my career at a good Premier League club where I can stay for many seasons."

Arsenal, who already have international team mate Thomas Vermaelen on their books, and Spurs are both said to be interested, along with Newcastle.

In other news, it's not just Andre Villas-Boas's CV that has been dented this week. Manchester United's hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels have also taken a knock after the central defender questioned why he would ever want to leave the German club. The 23-year-old has "no shortage of admirers" according to the Metro, which claims that, flattered as he is by United's attention, his heart belongs to Dortmund.

"I want to stay here, why should I go?" Hummels said in an interview with German rag Bild. "I feel good here and I am very grateful to the club that I got the chance." It had been rumoured that Dortmund might sell to United if they met their asking price of £30m but now the Metro claims the English champions will "look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements".

Looking elsewhere is what Maradona reckons his son-in-law Sergio Aguero should be doing, despite the fact he's settled in well at Manchester City since arriving from Atlético Madrid last summer.

Speaking to Argentine broadcaster Radio La Red, Maradona – who notoriously cheated England out of World Cup glory in 1986 with his 'Hand of God' goal – said of his son-in-law striker: "[He] has to play for Real Madrid. If he signed for them, it would be his big break."

The madcap Maradona, now reduced to coaching lowly Dubai outfit Al Wasl, then said Aguero had made a "mistake" in signing for City, adding: "However, if Madrid want someone, they get them. Florentino [Perez, the Real president] has no limits. It's a question of convincing City, but not with money because they have plenty of that."

Finally, the Daily Mail says the sharks are already starting to circle round struggling Chelsea with Hamburg eyeing up Romelu Lukaku. The German club's sporting director Frank Arnesen is due in London today to discuss a "season-long loan" for the 18-year-old striker and the Mail claims the Blues are open to offers.

Lukaku was linked last week with a temporary move to Fulham but while life might be grim at the Bridge for the Belgian striker, things aren't that desperate.

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