Arsenal and Tottenham are going to battle for unsettled Newcastle United midfielder Charles N'Zogbia.

The Daily Mail says N'Zogbia is increasingly unhappy in the north-east and would jump at the chance to move permanently to the capital, where his mother and sister are currently living.

Tottenham approached Newcastle late in the January transfer window about the possibility of a move, but were told the player was not for sale.

They will make a renewed approach once the transfer window opens again, seeing the left-sided N'Zogbia as a cheaper option than Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing.

Arsene Wenger is also a long-term admirer of the player and considered a move in the close season of 2006. He will firm up his interest in the summer, leading to a two-way fight for the France Under-21 international.