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Tottenham should hijack Arsenal's swoop for Herrera to help replace Dembele

Aaron Ramsey’s departure from Arsenal has been on the cards for some time now and the Guardian report that the Welshman has now finally agreed a deal with Juventus.

But it is not just on the red half of north London that an influential central midfielder looks set to depart for pastures new; earlier this week, Sky Sports reported that local rivals Tottenham had accepted a £9m bid for Mousa Dembele from Beijing Sinobo Guoan.

Italian outfit Tutto Mercato Web report that Arsenal have already trained their sights on a potential Ramsey replacement in the shape of Porto and Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera.

The 28-year-old is apparently attracting attention across Europe – not least because his contract expires at the end of the season – and Tottenham were named as known admirers of Herrera back in September.

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With Tottenham losing an experienced campaigner in Dembele at a knockdown price due to his contract situation, Herrera represents an opportunity to replace him at a similar cost.

Herrera is free to negotiate with foreign clubs in this window over a free transfer at the end of the season but with competition stiff, Tottenham could decide to try and skip the queue with a cash offer to get him this month.

It would have the added bonus of forcing Arsenal to look elsewhere to replace Ramsey, but the main appeal is replacing a cut-price departee with a cheaper arrival of a similar age.

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