William Saliba: Spurs rival Arsenal for Saint-Etienne defender

Tottenham Slap In Better Bid Than Arsenal For William Saliba, Spurs Trying To Hijack Deal

Tottenham Slap In Better Bid Than Arsenal For William Saliba, Spurs Trying To Hijack Deal

Tottenham are in talks with Saint-Etienne over the signing of defender William Saliba, according to Sky sources.

But Spurs have been monitoring the situation and have now allegedly submitted an offer which is more than that from Arsenal.

The claims from RMC are backed up by the highly respected David Ornstein, with the BBC journalist confirming Spurs "interest" via his twitter account.

Saliba - who played 16 times in Ligue 1 last season for Saint-Etienne - was viewed as one for the future by Arsenal.

The Europa League finalists were close to agreeing on a deal for the 18-year-old that would have seen him stay at his current club on loan for one more season, before arriving at the Emirates Stadium in 2020.

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It would be to the frustration of the red side of north London should Saliba join Spurs after the Gunners looked to have all-but secured the deal.

It is said that Spurs and Saint-Etienne will meet today to conclude negotiations and that if Arsenal do not move rapidly, they will miss out on the player.

Spurs also have issues in defence with Toby Alderweireld's £25m release clause now active and Roma closing in on the Belgium star.

Spurs, on the other hand, have reportedly offered to pay the majority of the transfer fee upright with the option to loan the defender back for a season.

Toby Alderweireld, who is into the final year of his contract, has been linked with a move away from Tottenham, with the centre-back having been linked with Manchester United and Roma.

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