Tottenham Hotspur believe they will see off Arsenal to sign defender Gabriel Paletta this summer, [football] direct news understands. The former Liverpool defender is currently at Parma but is open to a move back to the Premier League after impressing in Italy. The 28-year-old was regarded by many to be a flop in his first spell in English football – making just eight appearances for Liverpool. But the player has developed beyond recognition over the last few seasons in Serie A, earning him a recent call-up to the Italian national team. Spurs have made preliminary contact through a third party to sound him out, with the response understood to be favourable. Arsenal are set to step up their interest in the centre-back as they look to replace Thomas Vermaelen in the summer, while Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is worried about his side’s defensive options after some shocking performances from those at the back recently. Watch Chelsea v Stoke on Saturday and Arsenal v Everton, West Ham v Liverpool on Sunday. 24-hour Sky Sports day pass for only 9.99. No contract.