Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side won a lot of plaudits, if not any trophies, for the progression they made during the 2015/16 season. Their largely young squad, centred around the talents of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, were the last team left in the title race before dropping to a disappointing third place finish by the final reckoning.
Spurs’ success last season has led to a Champions League berth for the current campaign, meaning that several players have been linked with the North London club as they look to add quality to their squad in order to fight on several fronts over the next twelve months.
One player who has been persistently linked with a move to White Hart Lane all summer long is 22-year-old Dutch forward Vincent Janssen, and the Mirror have reported that Spurs are on the verge of completing a £16 million deal for the striker. Tottenham were intially confident that they could sign the AZ Alkmaar player for £12 million, but interest from PSG and West Ham United, as well as advice from Moneyball hero Billy Beane, has convinced the Eredivisie side to hold out for £17 million.
Janssen is a young player in the mould of Harry Kane, and Spurs’ interest suggests they are looking for a back up for their star striker. Should Kane get injured, or continue to perform as lethargically as he did for England during their wretched Euros Campaign, Janssen will be able to provide Spurs with able cover without compromising the style of play that Pochettino has instilled around Kane up front.
£17 million may be more than what Spurs initially wished to pay, but if Janssen can get close to the 27 goals he scored in 34 Eredivisie matches last campaign, Tottenham will have got themselves another fine striker to bolster their attacking options.
Keeping with the theme of Dutch players, Tottenham have been rumoured by the Telegraph to be interested in signing Newcastle’s attacking midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum; who excelled for Newcastle at times last season with 11 goals and five assists for the struggling Magpies, would provide competition for Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in the advanced midfield role. Having signed for £14.5 million last summer, Tottenham will hope that a similar offer will tempt the Championship club to let go of their prized asset.
If Spurs can complete the signing of Wijnaldum for under £15 million, the Dutchman would represent another excellent attacking midfield option heading into the Champions League campaign. An experienced international with the Netherlands, Wijnaldum is a classy operator who will provide goals and assists from midfield. One criticism that was levelled at the former-PSV captain was his lack of fighting spirit, but freed from the shackles of a relegation dogfight, Wijnaldum could well flourish at White Hart Lane.
Finally, Tottenham have reportedly joined Liverpool in the race to sign highly touted German full-back Jonas Hector. The Koln defender has been valued at around £17 million by his club, and has performed excellently for Germany during the European Championships, fixing the left-back problem that has affected them since before their world cup triumph two years ago.
Signing Hector from under the nose of Liverpool would count as a real statement of intent for Spurs, and would be a real slap in the face for the Reds. However, with Danny Rose excelling last season and Ben Davies, who has had an excellent Euros for Wales, providing back-up, it is possible that Hector’s arrival would overcrowd an already competitive position in the Tottenham squad. As much as Hector would prove to be a welcome addition, Spurs already have enough quality at left-back for the upcoming season.
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