White Hart Lane wants Emirates target.
Tottenham Hotspur are attempting to pip rivals Arsenal to th signing of Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba.
Spurs want the 27-year-old to add strength in depth to the defensive ranks with Sebastien Bassong on the market and injury concerns over Ledley King.
Arsenal were said to be leading the race to sign the Congo international but have cooled their interest in recent weeks, after being told he was valued at £15million.
The Gunners have since moved on to other options with Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill and Scott Dann all on the radar.
This has let Tottenham onto the negotiaiting table and they are keen to wrap up a deal for Samba very quickly.
Meanwhile Spurs have pulled out of the race to sign Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton, according to TalkSport.
The 28-year-old is being allowed to leave for a free a year before his contract expires after publicly falling out with his club’s board on Twitter.
Tottenham are instead focusing on a £15million deal for Real Madrid midfielder Diarra, who used to play for Arsenal.