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Swansea City flop Borja Baston must act as a warning to Tottenham Hotspur’s £24.4m transfer plans

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Swansea City flop Borja Baston must act as a warning to Tottenham Hotspur’s £24.4m transfer plans

The similar Spaniards have had similar paths and Tottenham must not rush to sign a potential dud.

This week has seen Tottenham Hotspur linked with a move for Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias. According to El Gol Digital, the Espanyol striker is on the radar of Tottenham after his excellent start to the season. Iglesias, who only joined the club in the summer, is said to have a €28 million (£24.4 million) release clause in his current deal which would allow Tottenham a chance to snap him up.

Iglesias has scored six goals from 12 appearances this season so it is easy to see why Tottenham are keen. Add to that his 23 goals in 43 games for Segunda Liga side Real Zaragoza last season and the reasons why keep mounting up.

However, his alarming similarities with a former Premier League flop should have Tottenham second-guessing any potential move.

Not only does Iglesias share a first name with former Swansea City striker Borja Baston, but the pair have also had similar journeys.

SWANSEA, WALES – JANUARY 14: Borja Gonzalez of Swansea City reacts during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Swansea signed the striker, similar in style and build to Iglesias, for a fee reportedly in the region of £15.5 million.

 

That came after good form at Eibar, after an impressive season in the Spanish second division with Zaragoza, the same team that Iglesias started making a name for himself last term.

The point is, that Tottenham should not rush into a big money deal for the player. For the price Espanyol can command Tottenham could surely find a player with Premier League experience to back up Harry Kane.

Baston went on to score just one goal in 20 games for Swansea. He was relegated with Malaga last term and is struggling to play during his current loan deal at high-flying Alaves.

After being stung with the flops Roberto Soldado, Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente, Tottenham should not take the risk of this being a similar tale from a different Borja.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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