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Spurs: Vincent Janssen latest; Palace rivalled for £32m striker; skilful midfielder targeted

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Spurs: Vincent Janssen latest; Palace rivalled for £32m striker; skilful midfielder targeted

Despite confirming Victor Wanyama as their first transfer signing of the summer in the past few days, Spurs look to be hindered in their efforts for further signings as Sky Sports report that Michy Batshuayi – a known target of the North London outfit – has had a bid for him accepted by his club Marseille, by London rivals Crystal Palace.

The move has taken many by surprise, and Spurs will have to react quickly if they are to get their man. It is unlikely that the Belgian would favour a move to Crystal Palace over Spurs if the South Londoner’s bid was matched, although this is far from guaranteed.

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Batshuayi would be a much needed signing, with clinical finishing ability on top of a hunger that comes with his young age. The Belgian striker would also provide much-needed cover for Harry Kane, who has come under scrutiny for his performances with England at Euro 2016.

Another transfer rejection has come in the form of Vincent Janssen, whose club AZ Alkmaar have rejected a bid from Spurs in the region of £11 million according to IBTimes. The website report that Spurs have a fourth bid in the pipe-line, and it would still be unsurprising to see the Dutchman sign for Spurs. With a trio of bids already having proved unsuccessful, the White Hart Lane faithful will inevitably be growing increasingly frustrated that their advances have not yet resulted in a positive outcome.
In all honesty, the whole transfer saga is reminiscent of Tottenham’s recent pursuit of Saido Berahino – one that ultimately proved fruitless, and looking slightly further back into the past, the seemingly constant news story that was Spurs’ links with Brazilian Leandro Damiao.

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Doubtless, this is a deal that the North London outfit will be eager to complete soon, due in part to the lack of depth they currently have within the squad, meaning that the Dutch striker; renowned for his finishing ability and physicality, could well start next season as a Tottenham player.
 
Harry Kane has hardly set the world alight at Euro 2016, and while there are quite possibly a large number of reasons for this, tiredness is almost certainly one of them. With the additional demands of Champions League football next term, Mauricio Pochettino will be in a desperate need to have options available to freshen the line-up.
Finally, developments appear to have been made in Spurs’ pursuit of Antonio Sanabria. IBTimes report that Barcelona’s previous interest in the youngster has been overstated, and the Catalan giants – whose famed La Masia training academy was where Sanabria graduated from – are unlikely to buy him back.

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This opens the door for Spurs to snatch the Paraguayan, who is officially a Roma player, as they are expected to conclude personal terms before the end of the week. Sanabria’s versatility and ability to play anywhere along the front line would be invaluable assets to Spurs’ campaign next season, especially given their Champions League commitments, so Sanabria would be a welcome signing to White Hart Lane.

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