Last week Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez admitted he very nearly left the club for Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United. Speaking to the Shields Gazette he disclosed:
“In the end, it (a move to Tottenham) did not happen,” said Perez. “It was a couple of seasons ago. Man United was more interest than anything else, but the Tottenham was pretty close. In the end, it did not come to anything, but staying here was not negative. I enjoyed a lot in the second division. It made me improve in many ways, and I was happy.”
Spurs have certainly been linked with a move for the Spanish forward in the past. Back in 2015 Tottenham were said to be keen on the attacker after he had impressed in his debut Premier League campaign, scoring seven goals in 39 games for the club.
The Independent reported that Tottenham were interested in spending around £15 million for the player.
In the end, no deal ever came about and, in general, Tottenham fans will not feel like they missed out. Until now perhaps.
Perez is finding his best form for Newcastle at the moment. Ahead of tonight’s game against Everton in the Premier League the Spanish striker has scored in his last three games and has been key to Newcastle’s recent improvement in form.
Again, he has not been prolific this season, with just seven goals from 32 appearances.
But Tottenham might want to consider moving for him again in the summer.
So far, the club’s attempts at signing backup options to Harry Kane have fallen flat. Both Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have failed to produce the goods.
Perez looks to finally be finding something near his best form and, at just 24-years-old, is only to get better with age.
Tottenham would likely not have to overpay for the player who, despite being happy at St James’ Park, would surely relish the chance of Champions League football with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
This summer, Tottenham are set to be linked with a host of new striker options. Perez might be the off-radar target that best suits the club.