Hazard

Hazard has been on Arsenal's radar for over a year and a half. Picture - Reuters.

Arsenal's interest in Belgian youngster Eden Hazard has been well documented over these pages, especially during the course of transfer window. However, the story may as well take a turn for the worse, as far as the Gunners are concerned.

The Londoners boss, Arsene Wenger, has been an admirer of the Lille winger for more than a year, now, but could face competition to secure his services as interest grows from across Europe. However, their main competition in signing him is a little closer home.

Fellow London-side Tottenham Hotspur and cash-heavy Manchester City have been monitoring the players progress, with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp receiving glowing feedback on his regard. In fact, reports suggest he has already asked his chairman, Daniel Levy, to sign him as Redknapp believes Hazard to be the player who turns Spurs into genuine title contenders.

It doesn't end there. Arsenal are also interested in another Belgian, namely Ajax centre-back Jan Vertonghen, but could face competition from Spurs again, who have also been watching the player.

However, Arsene Wenger has, reportedly, admitted that the 24-year-old isn't his priority as Thomas Vermaelen returns from injury and Laurent Koscielny's improved form.