A player linked with Tottenham Hotspur says that playing in the Premier League is one of his goals.
According to French news outlet Buzz Sport, Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho interested in bringing Lille fullback Zeki Celik to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 23-year-old Turkey international has reportedly been watched by the Tottenham boss and his scouting team on a number of occasions this season.
Celik has been impressive this term for Lille, making 32 appearances in all competitions including 23 in Ligue 1, where he has registered three assists.
Tottenham’s defence has been an issue this season, in particular at right-back, with Serge Aurier the only current first-team option.
According to DHA, Celik was first recommended to Mourinho by Tottenham coach Joao Sacramento – who joined Spurs from Lille last year – ahead of the January transfer window.
The player himself told TRT Spor earlier this week: “I also saw the news (reports). I have not heard from anyone.
“One of my goals is to play in the Premier League. Since the league is currently interrupted, I don’t know how transfers will be. We are just waiting at the moment.
“We still have ten games to go in the league. I sent a message to one of our former assistant coaches who went to Tottenham to avoid being misunderstood.”
With some of Aurier’s performances having come under criticism by sections of the Tottenham fanbase and no established first-team cover for him, it’s little surprise that Spurs are being linked with right-backs.
Celik is a technically gifted attacking full-back who enjoys charging forward and creating chances for his teammates, and is also strong at the back, so on paper, he sounds like a player who Tottenham could certainly do with.
And with a reported price tag (Buzzsport) of between €25million to €30million (£22million to £26.5million), Celik – who at 23 has plenty of years ahead of him career-wise and resale value – is relatively affordable.