Tottenham’s attempts to bolster their ranks ahead of the new season have seen them heavily linked to Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United, and in the last 24 hours, they have been linked to another Magpies midfielder in the shape of Moussa Sissoko.
Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund are also said to be interested in Sissoko, and the Express are reporting that Newcastle want £21.5 million for their French international. Added to the £25 million that Newcastle are asking for Wijnaldum, it could be an expensive summer for Spurs, and a profitable one for the Toon, if they are to capture both of these targets.
However, it is highly unlikely that Spurs would shell out this sort of money on a pair of relegated players. For under £20 million, Wijnaldum would make an excellent addition to the squad, challenging Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Erik Lamela for a place in the team, whilst adding goals and assists. His 11 Premier League strikes for the struggling Magpies showed just what an asset he could be to a Premier League side.
As for Sissoko, he is far too inconsistent to be worth more than £20 million to Spurs. He has shown flashes of brilliance during his time at Newcastle; and indeed during Euro 2016, and would add some good depth and energy as a squad player. Nevertheless, Spurs should not really spend above £1o million on a player of Sissoko’s quality.
Of the two potential transfers, Wijnaldum would be more of a threat to the first team and would be a more likely transfer to happen. The rumours concerning Sissoko in the Express are rather far fetched and it is highly unlikely that this move will take place.
Secondly, the story that will not go away for Tottenham fans; the tracking of 22-year-old AZ Alkmaar forward Vincent Janssen. The Mail reported today that Spurs are ready to meet the £17 million asking price for Janssen, and the striker is expected in London soon to finalise a transfer. This rumour gathered more pace when the Express reported that Spurs have actually had a bid accepted for the aforementioned price.
However, both the Daily Star and ITV have both reported the word of sporting director at AZ, Max Huiberts, who has claimed that no new bids have come in for Janssen from Tottenham since they rejected an offer of £12 million last month.
The rumours have been swirling for some time, and it would appear that Spurs are still keen on signing Janssen as a back-up option for Harry Kane. Negotiations do not appear to be as far along as are being reported by the Mail and Express, but there can be no doubt that Spurs have identified the Dutch forward as one of their primary transfer targets.
Whilst £17 million may be a lot of money for a player they intend to use as back up for Harry Kane, and one who has yet to test his mettle outside of the relative comfort of the Eredivisie, Janssen’s ability to score goals cannot be questioned after striking 26 goals in 32 matches in Holland last season. It would probably be worth spending the money to get their man.
Elsewhere, Spurs have been linked with Roma’s Paraguayan forward Tony Sanabria in a transfer that would be worth£12.7 million. The striker, who scored 11 times in 30 appearances on loan at Sporting Gijon last season, could be an alternative to Janssen, but is apparently keen on a move to Real Betis ahead of Spurs.
However, Spurs are reportedly willing to pay more money than Betis can afford for Sanabria, which could still give them a chance of completing the deal ahead of the Seville-based club, now managed by Gustavo Poyet. This rumour seems a little far fetched, but it is worth keeping an eye on if Tottenham opt against signing Janssen.
Finally, it appears that Ryan Mason’s time at the club may be coming to an end after Hull City were linked with a £10 million move for the midfielder today. Mason found game time limited last season, with the emergence of Eric Dier as a midfielder as well as Mousa Dembélé’s fine form in the middle of the park. The capture of Victor Wanyama is only going to limit his game time further.
The road to the KC Stadium has already been trodden by Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, and Mason could provide the Premier League experience and nous that could help Hull survive. If Spurs can recoup £10 million for Mason, having only spent £11 million on Wanyama, it would represent excellent business.
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