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Report: Tottenham Hotspur enter race to sign Barcelona outcast Rafinha

Report: Tottenham enter Rafinha race
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A report claims that Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, who may go head to head with West Ham United for the Brazilian's signature.

Tottenham Hotspur will rival London neighbours West Ham United for the signing of unwanted Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to a report.

The 25-year-old is understood to have been made available to purchase this summer as Barca need to free up space and funds for top target Antoine Griezmann.

Inter Milan were considered the favourites to sign the Brazilian on a permanent basis following his spell on loan at San Siro in the second half of last season.

Barca's £30m valuation has effectively killed off the Nerazzurri's interest, however, with West Ham instead seen as the new frontrunners.

Spanish outlet Sport suggests that Tottenham have identified Rafinha as a key target, though, and they are keen to beat their top-flight rivals to the Barca outcast's signature.

Rafinha played a direct part in five goals in 12 starts last time out to help Inter return to the Champions League.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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