Spurs to use flop pair to nab Arsenal target

Spurs are confident of beating Arsenal to the signature of Southampton ace Morgan Schneiderlin and are willing to let Andros Townsend or Benjamin Stambouli head to Hampshire as part of a deal, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.

The France international was one of only a few star names to stay at St Mary’s last summer as a host of first-team players left and has since shone in new manager Ronald Koeman’s side.

His performances have seen Schneiderlin celebrated as one of the Premier League’s best central midfielders, alerting clubs such as Arsenal.

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However, Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to ensure he reunites with the player he coached on the South Coast before taking charge at White Hart Lane, and is ready to sacrifice Townsend or Stambouli to force a swoop.

Southampton want over £20m for their star man, but Spurs are hopeful they can drive the price down by offering a player in exchange.

England international Townsend is one they are willing to offload, with the winger having made only 10 league starts this season after showing much promise in the 2013/14 campaign.

Stambouli only joined the club from Montpellier last year, but has struggled to hold down a slot in the first-team.

Although not as highly-rated as Townend, the Frenchman would offer a like-for-like midfield option for the Saints.

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