One of the summer’s longest transfer sagas looks set to be over, as Vincent Janssen reportedly underwent a medical with Tottenham on Monday. The transfer will cost Spurs a cool £18.8 million, providing there was no hitch with the medical, and Janssen will arrive as back up to Harry Kane.
After scoring 27 goals in his debut season in the Eredivisie, Janssen is certainly a player with an eye for goal, and England fans will already know about his strengths and weaknesses after he shone in a 2-1 friendly win for the Netherlands at Wembley in a friendly in March.
A slightly expensive deal for an unknown quantity, Janssen provides Spurs with a much needed second option up front, and will be able to cover Kane during the busy Champions League and Premier League schedule.
Another player who is looking closer to a move to White Hart Lane is Georginio Wijnaldum, who has reportedly begged his club Newcastle for a move. Wijnaldum is clearly too good to be playing in the Championship, and wants to return to the Premier League and play Champions League football.
This would make White Hart Lane the ideal destination. Wijnaldum would add another creative talent to Spurs’ midfield, and he has enough athletic ability to contribute to Pochettino’s high pressing style of football. A title winner in Holland as captain of PSV Eindhoven, and a member of the Netherlands side that finished 3rd in the World Cup two years ago, he certainly has the ability to compete for a starting place at Tottenham, as his 11 goals from midfield for struggling Newcastle showed last season.
Newcastle’s asking price of £25 million may be a bit steep for Wijnaldum, considering that they signed him for a mere £14 million last summer, but if Spurs can complete a deal for around £20 million then they will have bagged themselves a very good signing.
Finally, another player linked to Spurs is Barcelona winger Cristian Tello. Tello, a member of the famed La Masia academy, broke into the team under Pep Guardiola, and made 86 appearances for the Catalan giants. He had been on loan at Porto for what should have been two years, but has been playing his football for Fiorentina since January after cutting short his spell at Porto.
An important factor of this move though is Tello’s relationship with manager Mauricio Pochettino. After leaving the Barcelona academy in 2008, Tello joined Espanyol, where Pochettino was manager at the time. Before leaving for his Barcelona return in 2010, Tello had made a big impression on his manager, who now may be interested in signing his former man for Spurs.
Tello would bring natural width to the Spurs side, something that is lacking with current wingers Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen. Whether he would be able to break into the Tottenham first team immediately is a different matter, especially if Wijnaldum arrives, but he could be a fine option from the bench as a direct winger.
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