Three clubs trigger transfer tug-of-war with Tottenham for £10m-rated PL defender - reports
By Danny Wright
Tottenham have been joined in the race for Calum Chambers by three other English clubs, according to a report.
The Mirror reports that West Ham, Everton and promotion-chasing Newcastle are all interested in signing the Arsenal defender.
The Daily Mail originally reported that Spurs were looking to sign the 22-year-old from their fierce north London rivals in late March.
Chambers worked with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in their time at Southampton and was ultimately sold to the Gunners by Ronald Koeman, who is now at Everton, for a fee worth up to £16million.
West Ham and Newcastle have told Arsenal of their interest in acquiring the Premier League defender, rated at £10million+ by Arsenal.
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All three clubs have said that they would consider a loan move if Arsenal do not want to sell.
The three-time England international has struggled for first-team football at the Emirates and was sent out on loan to Middlesbrough this season.
Despite Boro floundering in the relegation zone, Chambers has still been a crucial part of a defence that has conceded fewer goals than the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and West Brom.
Chambers has made 20 appearances for the north-east club in all competitions during his season-long stay.
He played in the opening game of the season for Arsenal when he grabbed a goal in the 4-3 home defeat to Liverpool.
Football Insider Verdict
Chambers is perhaps better suited at a club like West Ham, Everton or Newcastle as it is doubtful that he will earn much game time under Pochettino in north London. It could also enrage the supporters if they were to sign a player from their bitter rivals who can never really justify the money spent on him. At the other three clubs, the 22-year-old is more likely to be guaranteed a starting spot in the defence. Everton’s strong campaign and likelihood of a Europa League spot next season is going to be the biggest attraction from the suitors, although staying in the capital to join West Ham may also prove an attractive option.
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