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By ESPN Staff

Spurs join the race for midfielder Zokora

Tottenham have joined the race to sign Ivory Coast international midfielder Didier Zokora, according to the player's agent.

Zokora is almost certain to leave St Etienne in the summer and the powerful midfielder will have no shortage of interest for his services.

Arsenal and Manchester United are already monitoring his situation and now Tottenham have become the latest to reveal their admiration of the player.

The player's agent, Franck Belhassen, confirmed Tottenham are among a growing list of clubs chasing his client.

Belhassen said: 'There is interest from a number of clubs in Didier and Tottenham are one of them. At the moment he is away with the Ivory Coast preparing for the World Cup and we will wait until after that before deciding his future.

'We have a deal with St Etienne that he can go this summer for the right price. The World Cup is a very good opportunity for Didier to show clubs what he can do and we will see what happens.

'Tottenham are a very interesting club as they are an improving club with a good manager like Martin Jol.

'There are also big clubs in France and Spain looking at Didier and he wants to play at a good club.'

Meanwhile, Spurs are expected to wrap-up the signing of Wigan right-back Pascal Chimbonda in the next 24 hours. They have already had two bids rejected by Wigan but are set to return with an improved offer.

Former France international Roger Boli, now a partner of Chimbonda's agent Willie McKay, believes the defender should not be castigated for his decision to move on.

Chimbonda stunned manager Paul Jewell by handing him a written transfer request just moments after their final game of the season, against Arsenal at Highbury.

Boli said: 'I don't know why Pascal now has a bad reputation in England.

'He has been very nice to Wigan and he is appreciated by his team-mates. He went there for a small fee and gave everything for the club.

'Pascal doesn't have any problems with Wigan - he's just ambitious, it's normal.

'Every football player wants to know big clubs, they want to taste it.

'Jimmy Bullard has gone to Fulham, so Pascal's case is similar, it is just football.'