Jamaal Lascelles set for Emirates Stadium or White Hart Lane?
Tottenham Hotspur will battle Arsenal for the rights to sign young Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, according to the Daily Mail.
Both North London clubs are thought to have been impressed by the 18 year-old, who has only just made his debut for the nPower Championship side, with only the Gunners reported to have already submitted a bid.
Lascelles, who plays for the England Under-19 team, had already demonstrated enough potential for Arsene Wenger to make a bid last summer.
The Daily Mail claim that Arsenal offered £2m up front with a further £3m to be paid based on appearances and achievements.
Nottingham Forest did in fact sell their young forward Patrick Bamford to Chelsea in the January transfer window, but clearly did not feel comfortable selling their two best young talents within the space of a month.
Both Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp are clearly looking at long term solutions for their respective back lines, and teenage star Lascelles seems quite understandably to be on both managers’ shopping lists.
In the end, the choice may come down to the player – and at which club he feels he is more likely to develop best at.