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Arsenal have made a late jump into the race to sign Jonathan Woodgate, and have quickly taken pole position.

The transfer of Jonathan Woodgate seemed close to being completed after the defender travelled to London over the weekend to complete a medical at White Hart Lane.

Middlesbrough had accepted identical offers from both Newcastle and Spurs, and left it to the player to decide his destination.

However, it became clear on Saturday evening that Kevin Keegan had given up on luring the former Real Madrid man back to Tyneside.

A move to Tottenham was to be completed by this morning. However, following an unexpected delay, Boro have confirmed that they have accepted a bid from a third club as well.

Sky Sports News claim that the club are Arsenal, so Woodgate's visit to London could well be to complete a move to The Emirates.

This late bid - emerging undoubtedly from Arsene Wenger's defensive concerns, particularly after Kolo Toure picked up a groin injury in Ghana - is certain to leave Spurs furious.

Woodgate is eligible to play in Europe this season, and not many top defenders are, which could be another reason why Arsenal could be ready to take the plunge. It is being suggested that the lure of Champions League football could prove too strong.
 

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the team is un named... its never Liverpool is it?? Can't see Arsenal signing him, Toure and Gallas is too solid!!
 

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toure has picked up an injury so i understand and woodgate can play in europe so see him in arse shirt next week methinks . at least he cant play agin us in fa cup
 

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Arsene Wenger has denied that Arsenal have made a move for Jonathan Woodgate.

Woodgate has held talks with Newcastle and Tottenham over the past week as he looks set to quit his hometown club Middlesbrough.

However, Boro chief executive Keith Lamb revealed on Monday that a third club had lodged a bid.

Reports then suggested that Arsenal were the unnamed club - but Gunners chief Wenger has been quick to deny any such link.

"I do not know where that story came from," he told Arsenal's website.

"There is no truth in it at all. We have never been in touch with Middlesbrough about Jonathan Woodgate."

Tottenham remain on course to seal Woodgate's signature for a fee in excess of £7million.


So who is this mystery 3rd club then?
 

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Dont understand the fuss, the player is not even that good?
Alan Hansen thinks he's great :p :D

Woodgate is far too injury-prone but when he gets a run of games he usually shows good enough form to be in with a chance of the England squad.

I've never really been convinced by him though - he showed a lot of potential in his early days but he's never lived up to it.
 

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Great signing for Spurs. When injury free he is one of the best around.
Spurs need someone in beside King in their creaky defence. Looks like they are getting Hutton as well. Ramos is clever and knows which areas to strengthen, although a 4 year old could have figured that one out.
With King, Chimbonda, Hutton and Woodgate in their back four, it makes them solid at the back. If they can stay fit then Spurs WILL be challenging the top 4 next season, without a doubt.
 

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true miss dangerous.......he will surely go and then they will have money to buy another player.....who is ramos's decision.........
 
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