Report: Arsenal set to rival Spurs for signature of highly-rated young defender

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Tottenham Hotspur are to face stiff competition from Arsenal in their pursuit of Norwich City’s Max Aarons.

The Canaries right-back has caught the eye with a number of impressive displays which has seen his side occupy second spot in the Championship.

According to the Daily Mirror, Norwich will refuse to accept any offers for the 18-year-old unless he is loaned back to Carrow Road for the remainder of the season.

Tottenham already have three right-backs who have appeared for the first team this season in Kieran Trippier, Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters.

The paper claims that Tottenham are currently ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign the England Under-19 international, but it remains to be seen whether Daniel Levy will actually sanction any transfers for Mauricio Pochettino when the transfer window opens next month.

Pochettino had previously said that any incomings might have to be first offset by selling current squad members.

He recently told the Evening Standard: “It depends on players out and then we’re going to see if we can add some quality to help the team,”

“But I think it’s not going to be easy to add players in January. For sure it’s going to be tough to add.

“Until the market is open it’s difficult to talk because now we have a lot of games to play.

“But for sure in January when the market is going to be open that’s the moment when we’re going to talk with different players – players that maybe come to talk with us because they want to leave or they want to play more.”

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