Spurs could move to scupper Arsenal’s transfer plans by jumping the gun in the race for Blackburn’s Chris Samba.

The White Hart Lane club could offer a cash plus player deal, with Sebastien Bassong heading in the opposite direction, as they look to beat Arsene Wenger to the defender’s signature.

Bassong could be offered as part of a deal after the Daily Mail reported that Newcastle rejected the chance to talk to their former defender.

Arsenal have long been linked with a bid for Samba, but the player has moved to dismiss quotes attributed to him that suggest he wants a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are thought to be preparing a bid but Spurs hope their offer of cash and a ready-made replacement will appeal to Rovers.