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Basel striker Arthur Cabral admits that his ‘dream’ is to play Premier League football, speaking to Blick amid interest from Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur. 

Spurs might have ensured that their name was in the hat for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round draw but the sight of Harry Kane warming up midway through the second half during a home clash with third-tier Morecambe spoke volumes about the nature of Tottenham’s performance against a side sitting 21st in League One. 

A 3-1 victory on paper paints a picture of comfort. It was anything but.

In fact, it will be a busy week for North London-based manicurist. Because, during the vast majority of those nerve-wrecking 90 minutes against an inspired Morecambe, those irate Spurs supporters were gnawing their cuticles down to a bloody stump.

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At least Tottenham came through the other side with a place in Round 4 to call their own. That is more than can be said of an Arsenal side who went down 1-0 to Nottingham Forest at a bouncing City Ground. 

But while the results were very different, the conclusions drawn following a pair of below-par performances against EFL opposition would have been broadly similar.

If Tottenham and Arsenal were crying out for attacking reinforcements before this weekend, they certainly will have been afterwards, with Eddie Nketiah, Dele Alli and Bryan Gil toiling during rare starts on Sunday afternoon. 

Will Arthur Cabral join Arsenal or Tottenham?

According to TEAMtalk, the £17 million Arthur Cabral is a target for both clubs following a stunning run of form for Swiss giants FC Basel.

27 goals in 31 games is a tally not to be sniffed at, even if Albian Ajeti’s forgettable West Ham career feels like a warning to clubs looking to sign a prolific number nine from St Jakob’s Park. 

“I don’t know if I’ll stay with FCB. A transfer depends on innumerable factors,” says Cabral, who also has admirers at Southampton, West Ham and Leeds United. 

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“Of course I hear the rumours. My teammates ask me about them in the dressing room. I don’t know (whether I will stay or go). 

“Every move involves risks. It’s always a new country, a new language, a new climate. But I am not afraid of it. 

“My dream is the Premier League. I am a big fan of English football. But that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t move to Spain or Italy as well.” 

Newcastle reportedly scouted the free-scoring Brazilian last month after losing talismanic top scorer Callum Wilson until March with another ill-timed injury. 

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