Daniel Levy is ready to sanction the signing of Portuguese international midfielder Andre Gomes at Tottenham, according to the Daily Telegraph.
They report that Levy is happy to spend £30m to snatch Gomes from under the noses of Everton, with whom he has spent the season on loan.
Gomes has adapted well to the demands of English football and is able to add guile from a deep central midfield area, in much the same way Mousa Dembele did during his time in north London.
And since the Belgian international left the club in January, Spurs haven’t had anyone who can do that – meaning that Danny Rose has been deployed in central midfield on more than one occasion.
Spurs were never going to find someone who offered Dembele’s almost unique blend of power, guile and dribbling but Gomes is similarly adept at bossing a game from deep but with a hint of steel.
Everton are still surely in the box seat for Gomes – with the player having spent the season there and got settled – but the prospect of the Champions League may yet swing the midfielder.
Spurs have form for poaching a player from under the noses of the club they’ve just spent the season on loan with; they bought Toby Alderweireld in 2015 after he had spent the season on loan with Southampton.