Tottenham join chase for Rovers ace

Not content with trying to hijack Arsenal’s proposed move for Spanish starlet Juan Mata, Tottenham are now attempting to muscle in on another Gunners target, Christopher Samba.

Arsenal were said to be keen admirers of the giant defender, with the feeling seemingly reciprocated by the player, who was reported to have issued several ‘come and get me’ pleas to the Gunners – something Samba now strongly denies: ‘The declarations about me are totally false – never said that. I’m a Rovers player and will never mention other clubs – it’s disrespectful. Not happy right now’, he posted on his Twitter account.

Blackburn want £12 million at the very least for Samba, which is said to have put off Arsene Wenger who believes the player is overpriced. Which has left Tottenham to jump into pole-position, as The Daily Mail reports his agent will open talks with the club this week. In a proposed deal Spurs may offer cash, plus defender Sebastien Bassong – something which Blackburn may consider, having already lost another of their starting centre-backs, Phil Jones, earlier this summer.