Tottenham or Chelsea - If Shaw moves, which is his best choice?

White Hart Lane

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking to pip former club Chelsea to the signing of Southampton left back Luke Shaw.

The 18 year old full back has established himself as a mainstay in the Southampton team under Mauricio Pochettino, prompting the interest from London rivals Spurs and Chelsea. The two clubs have already come to blows in the transfer market, after Spurs accused the Blues of signing their target Willian in a bid to prevent the White Hart Lane club from improving, when they didn't really need Willian at all.

Southampton are reportedly seeking a whopping £30m for the youngster, which would put Chelsea in the driving seat with Roman Abramovich's money still being poured into the club. However, Chelsea currently have one of the top left backs in the world in Ashley Cole, whilst Cesar Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand have also featured at left back in recent times. Despite Shaw being a Chelsea supporter, he must consider his playing time.

Cole is almost 33, but has recently reiterated his desire to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge. With a couple of years likely to be still in the tank for the former Arsenal man, could Shaw be on the periphery?

This situation could put Spurs in pole position to land the starlet, with Villas-Boas in desperate need of a left back. Benoit Assou-Ekotto left the club to reunite with Harry Redknapp at QPR, and AVB doesn't seem enamoured with Danny Rose or Kyle Naughton. Jan Vertonghen has voiced his displeasure with being forced to play at left back, which may force Villas-Boas into the transfer market, despite saying there is no need to.

Shaw, should he arrive at White Hart Lane, would almost certainly become the instant first choice at left back, and having seen the success of another Southampton academy product in North London – Gareth Bale – Shaw may find that his best chance of breaking into the England squad will come with a move to Tottenham.

Of course, given Southampton's impressive start to the season, he may even choose to stay on the South Coast. Roy Hodgson recently selected three Saints players in his squad to face Chile and Germany, with Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert making the squad. At just 18, Shaw needs to make sure he is playing as much as he can, and whilst a move to Chelsea may seem attractive, it is not the right move for him at this stage of his career.

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