Higuain puts Spurs and Arsenal on transfer alert

North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal have been put on transfer alert after mutual target Gonzalo Higuain hinted he may leave Real Madrid in the summer, according to The Metro.

The Argentine international’s father has admitted that playing in the Premier League would be a “great opportunity”, and the 25-year-old himself has now suggested that his future may lie away from the Bernabeu.

He has been linked suggested as a makeweight in Real’s courtship of Spurs winger Gareth Bale, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also an admirer of the striker.

After scoring his 12th goal of the season in Real’s 5-1 victory over Levante on Saturday, Higuain was asked whether or not he was ready to commit his future to the club and sign a new deal.

He replied: “I am available to the club but I will not say any more. This is not the time. I can only say that I’m committed to the club and will help the team until the end of the season.”

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was criticised for not adding another striker to his books during the January transfer window, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermaine Defoe the only recognised strikers in his Premier League squad.

Wenger, meanwhile, is on the lookout to add to his side’s firepower with many still undecided about Olivier Giroud’s ability to shoulder the responsibility of team goalscorer.

The Gunners tried in vain to sign Barcelona striker David Villa in the winter and while a revival of interest in the deal has been suggested, Higuain is younger and thus could potentially offer Wenger’s side more in the way of longevity.

Higuain is approaching 200 appearances for Real Madrid since joining from River Plate in 2006, netting over 100 goals.

He has also scored 19 goals in 32 caps for Argentina – another factor in Spurs’ and Arsenal’s interest, as his international experience and goalscoring record at 25 years old appears to offer both clubs exactly what they need moving forward.

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