Tottenham: Leicester star's future clarified; Spanish prodigy linked; fresh 'keeper bid made
Tottenham Hotspur have made very few alterations to their squad for the 2016/17 season, seeing just Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen arrive through the door with Alex Pritchard and Federico Fazio being the biggest names heading the other way.
However, with a deal for Georges-Kevin N’Koudou looking close, Spurs are still reported to be in the market for a number of players. But with under ten days until deadline day, how many more signings will new manager Mauricio Pochettino make?
One he will definitely not be completing is that of Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has been tied down to a new £90,000 per week contract at the King Power Stadium.
Drinkwater; who missed out on a place in England’s European Championship squad despite his Premier League heroics, had drawn some glances from Spurs after his partner N’Golo Kanté left for Chelsea and significant interest in Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
However, with Vardy and Mahrez remaining at the club, where Drinkwater is first choice in the centre of midfield, the ex-Manchester United player has decided to remain with the Champions rather than chancing his arm in London, where he could struggle for game time amongst the likes Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembélé.
Spurs’ interest in Drinkwater is officially over, then, but it appears that they may have turned their attention to other targets. Remarkably, the Lilywhites have been linked with a move for Barcelona winger Munir El Haddadi as they look to boost their attacking options.
Munir, who is just 20, is also reported to be a target for Everton and Stoke, after the Spanish giants admitted they could let their prodigy leave the club if the option of a buy back clause is included.
Munir, who will turn 21 next week, has scored ten times in 43 appearances for the Catalan giants, and is seen as a player with a very strong future by Barcelona. He may still be a little lightweight to make it in the Premier League as a regular, but he has obvious quality on the ball, and could be a useful, direct option from the bench in the Champions League as well as domestically.
Finally, Spurs have had another bid for Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez rejected, with the Catalan club holding out for more money for the 21-year-old.
Spurs have already had a £3 million bid rejected for Lopez, and returned with an offer of a years loan with the option of buying the 21-year-old for £6 million next summer.
Lopez was left out of Espanyol’s opening day loss to Sevilla amid the interest, but already has plenty of experience, with 38 La Liga appearances under his belt, and the caveat of having played under Mauricio Pochettino before.
With Hugo Lloris out injured for the next few weeks and Michel Vorm the only fit senior goalkeeper available, Lopez, who was initially linked as a player for the future, could be pressed into action very quickly should the transfer go through. It appears that Espanyol don’t want to make it easy for them, though.
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