Tottenham Hotspur’s summer transfer window has been very quiet thus far, with just two new faces walking through the door in the shape of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen. Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, the Marseille winger, has long been linked with the club, and an £11 million move has reportedly been close for some weeks.
However, there has been no further movement on the deal, with the loan move of Clinton N’Jie the other way causing a snag on the deal. It is now unclear whether the signing of N’Koudou, which looked a certainty a few weeks ago, will go ahead at all.
This would be a blow for Spurs, who looked as if they had identified a hungry, talented, if raw, player for a relatively cheap price. N’Koudou was a rare shining light in a dismal season for Marseille, and would still be a good signing, but it might be time for the North London club to look for alternatives.
One alternative might be Croatian youngster Ante Coric, who has also been linked with Ronald Koeman’s Everton this summer. The 19-year-old, who has two caps for Croatia, has been compared to Christian Eriksen, and Spurs are reportedly interested in signing an understudy to the Dane, who underwent contract talks earlier in the summer.
Dinamo Zagreb’s Coric is widely regarded as one of Europe’s premier young talents, and has also apparently caught the eye of both Liverpool and Manchester City. However, it appears that Spurs and Everton are the two clubs leading the chase for the 19-year-old.
Spurs currently look slightly light on depth in attacking midfield, and do not have anyone in the squad similar to Eriksen, one of their star men. If Coric can come in as back-up for the Dane, combining wonderful attacking positional play with killer crosses and passes, he could be a very tidy long term investment.
The arrival of Coric would add to Pochettino’s attacking options, but would also make way for a player or two to depart the squad. One of those players could be Nacer Chadli, the Belgian winger, who is now reportedly a target for German side Borussia Dortmund.
The move; which would cost Thomas Tuchel’s side £12 million, would bring Chadli into an attacking midfield group that already includes Marco Reus and new signings Mario Götze and Andre Schuerrle. Although Chadli wishes to get first team football for the new season, something that won’t be on offer at Spurs, he would also be likely to spend a lot of time on the bench in Germany.
For Spurs, though, £12 million would be a good return for Chadli, who is a dangerous but inconsistent player. He could still do a job for Spurs in the new season, but moving the Belgian on, whether it be to Dortmund or Swansea, where he has also been linked, would be a decent move for the club.
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