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Arsenal are favourites to beat their Premier League rivals in the race to sign David Bates from German outfits Hamburg, according to the Daily Mirror, as cited by the Daily Record.
The Norht London club are believed to be at the front of a queue of top-flight Premier League teams in their pursuit of Bates, who has been in stunning form in the early stages of the 2. Bundesliga campaign.
After talks over a new contract at Scottish giants Rangers reached an impasse, Bates opted to depart Ibrox to finalise a free transfer to Hamburg in the summer following their relegation from the Germany top-tier.
His influence at the German teams has been clear to see, though. In eight league games for his side, he has helped them to keep a total of six clean sheets.
This level of performance from Bates appears to have piqued the interest of other Premier League outfits.
Everton are believed to be similarly keen on signing the Scotland Under-21 player, whilst Watford, Leicester City and Southampton have also reportedly sent scouts to observe his performances.