Striker Set To Snub Arsenal To Sign 3-Year Deal At Tottenham

By on September 23, 2013

Despite the summer transfer window being closed there is still plenty of gossip in the newspapers, so we’ll keep you up to date on all the latest transfer news. Today, are Spurs set to beat Arsenal to the signing of Ciprian Marica?

Tottenham are set to beat north London rivals Arsenal to the signing of free agent Ciprian Marica with the striker expected to sign a three-year contract at White Hart Lane, according to the Mirror.

The 27-year-old was released by German club Schalke at the end of last season when his contract expired and he’s been looking for a new club ever since, with a whole host of clubs throughout Europe linked in recent months.

Among the interested parties are Premier League duo Arsenal and Tottenham and his agent, Ioan Becali,  claimed last month that the striker was close to a move to the Emirates Stadium:

“He is close to Arsenal. We’ll see this week.”

“Marica is a very good striker, a Romanian international and very experienced in western European football.

“It is normal that he is targeted by big clubs, all the more so after he has completed his contract with Schalke.”

[source: Express]

The player then revealed last Thursday that he was in negotiations with three clubs and he’d make his decision over who his next team would be by the end of this week:

“I am in negotiations with three teams.

“I hope I will be able to tell you the name of my next team by the end of next week.” Marica is quoted as saying by Sky Sports

However, despite Arsenal supposedly being in the driving seat, the Mirror claim that big-spending Spurs have now edged ahead of their rivals and Andre Villas-Boas is set to continue the dramatic overhaul of his squad by signing the striker this week.

The newspaper suggests that Marica – who has scored 22 goals in 64 caps for Romania – is expected to sign a three-year deal worth £60,000-a-week at White Hart Lane and his arrival will spark the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor in January.

The Togo international has been frozen our by AVB this season and is currently training with the reserves but if the Marica deal collapses at the last minute, the report claims chairman Daniel Levy will put pressure on his manager to bring the £100,000-a-week outcast back into the first team fold.

Missing out on Marica will be a blow to Arsene Wenger though as Olivier Giroud is currently the only fit senior striker available to the Gunners boss. While the north Londoners are coping admirably – and currently sit top of the Premier League – having another striker to lighten the load on Giroud would be a huge boost heading into a busy period of fixtures.

But it looks  like they’ve missed out – if the Mirror’s report is accurate – and Marica is set to become Tottenham’s eight new signing.

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13 Comments

  1. JD

    September 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    THIS GUYS PEDIGREE MAKES POOR READING THE FACT THAT HE IS A FREEBE THIS MAKES HIS SIGNING A BIG CHALLENGE AND A HUGH RISK , WHY DON`T HIS CLUB WANT TO RESIGN HIM WITH A NEW CONTRACT IT MAKES ONE THINK IS HE A TROUBLE MAKER IS HE USELESS IS HE A VERY AVERAGE PLAYER , HAS ANY OF OUR SCOUTS EVEN SEEN HIM PLAY BE CAREFUL SPURS THIS COULD BE A RISKY SIGNING YOU CAN`T GET OUT OF WHEN HE IS ONLY GOOD FOR THE BENCH IT COULD COME BACK TO BITE US .

    • Arsene knows

      September 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      I think you spuds should buy him, he’d look good in your team of average players..hohoh

      If Arsenal wanted him, we’d buy him, and he’d sooner come to us than you clowns..LOL

      AFC (13 times)

      • shane slater

        September 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

        Yeah like vertonghen did you muppet

        • bob

          September 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

          Vertonghen only chose Spuds over ” THE MIGHTY ARSENAL” because we could’nt promise he was a first team starter but spuds with thier crap defence could promise to him week in week out :
          Do we need him ??? our first choice 4 are way better than him!!!!!
          GOONER FOR LIFE.

          • j

            September 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

            aha, arsenal definitely the place all the players wanna be. Higuan, Suarez, Julio Cesar, Rooney, Fellaini, Jovetic, Bernard, Gustavo the list goes on. All players that rejected Arsenal this transfer window. Whilst Spurs on the other hand signed every player they targeted except Willian. You know your stuff, #stuckinthemid’00s. oooooh yes how the ‘mighty Arsenal’ have fallen. They may be equal top today but with a squad that thin it won’t last for the 60-70 odd games you’ll be required yo play to win anything. Barca targeted Vertoghen this summer, perhaps arsenal shouldv’e promised him first team football, his clearly worth it. Under estimating a players worth is just as bad as signing a crap player.

          • shane slater

            September 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

            No Bob that is not true. First of all Wenger wanted to play him as a holding midfielder which Vertonghen was not interested in. Secondly he always wanted to come to us and the moment we made the move for him he signed. As for your comment of your back 4 being better than him …. I didnt see any of them being included in the team of the year last season??? Get real, Vertonghen is better than any of your back 4 period. COYS

          • Next bus to Woolwich!

            September 25, 2013 at 2:05 am

            Bob,take some English lessons,then maybe and I hasten to add maybe,people will read your whole sentence,instead of just switching off after your first spelling mistake!

      • MightySpurs

        September 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        Yes, why would you need him when you’ve got Bendtner as back up striker? You Woolwich numpties.

  2. Richard Deacon

    September 23, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Never mind Woolwich Wanderer you have got that great Ramsey playing decent now…..for now! At least he won’t take anymore abuse off you lot….for now. All your decent players end up at elsewhere where they thrive. Man City will come calling again….very soon.

  3. Dominic

    September 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    With quality strikers going for silly money £40-50 million you wonder why he is available on a freebee.

    • j

      September 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      read the article properly before commenting, his contract is unattached. Makes you look foolish.

      • Subbed after 70

        September 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        I think the point is If he is any good why is he unattached

  4. eboy

    September 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Don’t believe a word of this clown and his agent – he’s nothing like good enough for either Arsenal or Spurs. just his agent raising his profile after he’s been gathering dust in the unwanted discount bin for a few months.

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