Defender could make shock switch across North London, if Tottenham cash-in next month.
Arsenal and Newcastle are the latest clubs to express an interest in Tottenham full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto – but it is thought Spurs are not interested in selling the defender.
Chelsea have been linked with a £5m January move for the 28-year-old, while the Gunners and Newcastle are also understood to have made enquiries about Assou-Ekotto’s availability.
The Cameroon international has been sidelined for most of the season with a knee injury, starting just three Premier League matches this term.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has used summer signing Jan Vertonghen at left-back and is reluctant to switch the Belgian back to centre-half, now that Assou-Ekotto is fit.
Chelsea have identified Southampton’s Luke Shaw, 17, as a long-term replacement for Ashley Cole but want Assou-Ekotto as an experienced stop-gap.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are in need of a new left-back, with Kieran Gibbs often unfit and Andre Santos woeful.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is an admirer of Assou-Ekotto, who was brought to White Hart Lane by the Frenchman’s former chief scout Damien Comolli during his tenure as director of football at Spurs.
Wenger tried to sign Assou-Ekotto from Lens before he joined London rivals Spurs and Arsenal could make a dramatic move for him in January.
Spurs, however, are not interested in listening to offers for the Cameroonian and will reject any approaches for the defender.
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