Arsenal plotting shock Tottenham raid

Arsenal are one of a host of clubs chasing Tottenham flop Vlad Chiriches ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports from The Metro.

The Romanian centre-back has been far from the success White Hart Lane chiefs hoped he would be when they signed him from Steaua Bucharest just over a year ago, which has led to speculation that he will be shipped out on loan in the New Year.

Teams such as Schalke, Napoli, Inter Milan and Roma are all keen on the 25-year-old, but Arsenal are also shock contenders.

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Arsene Wenger is known to be looking to draft in a new central defender this winter, with the sale of Thomas Vermaelen and a series of injuries having forced the Frenchman into using full-backs Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal as emergency options at the heart of his backline this season.

While a number of other targets are understood to be on the Gunners’ radar, Chiriches presents an interesting option, with the Eastern European available for a six-month loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Spurs and Arsenal are, however, local rivals, so it remains unclear as to whether or not the Lilywhites will be willing to let a first-team player make the short trip from White Hart Lane to the Emirates Stadium.