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Tottenham join Arsenal in battle to sign La Liga ace

Tottenham Hotspur could be set to fight bitter rivals Arsenal for the signature of exciting Getafe midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada, according to reports from AS.com.

Spurs are said to be tracking the 22-year-old Moroccan, and new boss Andre Villas-Boas could go head-to-head with Arsene Wenger in an effort to get Barrada to White Hart Lane.

The Madrid-based sports daily claim Arsenal have already enquired about the Moroccan international several times, with the player having a buy-out clause of €20 million.

Newcastle United and Everton are also said to be interested in the midfielder who, it is suggested, may be allowed to leave for around €12 million.

French-born Barrada graduated from the Getafe B team after signing from the ranks of Paris Saint Germain in 2010. He scored four goals in 32 games for the Madrid side last season.

The youngster has also been linked with Spanish champions Real Madrid in recent months and is currently with the Moroccan squad as they prepare for the Olympic football tournament in London.

Tottenham meanwhile, are on their pre-season tour of North America as Villas-Boas prepares for his first season in charge at White Hart Lane. The Portuguese coach replaced Harry Redknapp, who was shown the exit in May despite leading Spurs to a fourth placed finish – one point behind Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in third.

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