Tottenham Hotspur’s quest to improve their squad for their return to the Champions League has seen them almost exclusively linked to one man – Vincent Janssen of AZ Alkmaar. However, in recent days, more and more names have been linked with White Hart Lane as Mauricio Pochettino looks to build a side that can improve on last season’s third place finish.
One name which has been linked with Tottenham in the last couple of days is Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. Ever since the Telegraph reported Spurs’ interest in the Dutchman, rumours have begin to swirl that a deal may be moving closer.
The Mail have reported that Newcastle want to hold out for £25 million for Wijnaldum, which would be a significant profit on the £14 million they paid PSV Eindhoven for his services last summer. As much as Wijnaldum’s 11 goals and five assists showed him to be an excellent Premier League player, especially in a struggling side, he did not exhibit the sort of grit and determination to add £11 million to his value.
Spurs preferred offer is rumoured to be around the £17 million mark, a £3 million profit for Newcastle. For Spurs, they could probably find a better player for £25 million, so would be wise to stick under the £20 million mark. For Newcastle, it is understandable that they would not want to lose their best player, but they could buy a lot of quality to add to the likes of Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle with that money. The move would suit all parties and £17 million seems a fair price.
Keeping with the Dutch theme, Spurs move for Vincent Janssen may be on hold for now as AZ’s sporting director Max Huiberts said that his club had rejected one bid and not heard anything else from White Hart Lane. Although the player has reportedly said that he wishes to move to North London, it appears that the deal may be some way off being completed yet. It is thought that a bid of £17 million would be enough to persuade AZ to part with their star striker, who scored 26 goals in 32 Eredivisie matches last season.
The 22-year-old would be an excellent back up option to Harry Kane, and could add goals from the bench should he join Tottenham. It makes sense for Janssen, who plays very much in the style of Kane, to join Spurs, but the club appear to be weighing up whether to make an improved offer.
Finally, three first-team fringe players could be on their way out of White Hart Lane, as the Telegraph reported that they could be ready to listen to offers for Ryan Mason, Nacer Chadli and Son Heung-Min. Mason has been linked with moves for Bournemouth and newly promoted Hull City, either of which would be a good move.
Mason; whilst giving a lot of effort, lacks the kind of quality that Spurs under Pochettino require in midfield. He provides a lot of energy, which could be crucial for Hull or Bournemouth, but is already held in abundance at Tottenham.
Bournemouth play in a similarly aggressive style to Spurs, which could suit Mason, although the path to Hull has been well trodden before by both Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore. Either club would be a move that suits all, with Mason needing first team football and Tottenham unable to provide it.
As for Chadli and Son, it would be a shame for Spurs to lose either of these two wingers. Chadli is perhaps the more dispensable of the two, having played little more than a bit part role last season, but has proved himself to be a dangerous threat in front of goal. Spurs would be better off for having him in the squad, but if the right offer comes in, it might be wise to let Chadli go.
Son, on the other hand, deserves to remain at the Lane for another season. A versatile front-man who can play anywhere in Spurs’ front four, he deputised excellently for Kane, and if not for injuries may have made a greater impact last season. Signed for over £20 million, he has plenty of European experience with Bayer Leverkusen, and would be a useful player to have for the Premier League and Champions League campaigns. Surely Son should remain at Tottenham for another campaign yet.
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