Tottenham: Portugal star linked; still unsure on N'Koudou; Pritchard joins Norwich
Spurs fans waiting for another signing could be satisfied in the coming days following links to Portugal midfielder Rafa Silva.
Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly been following the Braga star for over a year now, and his contribution to Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory will have surely piqued the manager’s interest.
The 23-year-old Silva mainly features on the left wing, but has made appearances on the right as well as the occasional cameo as a number 10. Many see his future in that more central role, as his surging runs into the box and clinical finishing make him the ideal candidate for playing just off the striker.
Silva faces stern competition in that position should he move to Spurs, with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli almost nailed on for that role after their performances last season.
Rumours of Nacer Chadli’s departure will leave Spurs in desperate need of cover across the front line, and Silva will be able to fill that role adeptly.
While he is not the complete player at this point in time, the 23-year-old may quickly acclimatise to the Premier League, and for the £10 million fee rumoured, it wouldn’t be the worst gamble to take.
The seemingly never-ending Georges-Kevin N’Koudou transfer saga could be coming to a conclusion soon, but not in the way Spurs fans would have been hoping for. The deal could be called off with chairman Daniel Levy reportedly attempting to alter the terms of the transfer agreement.
Allegedly, the Spurs camp is concerned that the 21-year-old hasn’t been participating in training. Marseille claim it is routine practice so as to avoid an injury before the transfer, but that hasn’t stopped Levy from trying to add a clause to lower the transfer fee if the winger picks up an injury.
Tottenham’s pre-season training is particularly rigorous, so if the transfer went ahead, N’Koudou may find himself behind the curve.
To further complicate matters, Clinton N’Jie will likely move the other way as part of the deal, but has not actually received his visa to work in France.
The deal could go through, but there are several more hurdles for the clubs to jump over before it crosses the finish line.
Moving onto departures, academy graduate Alex Pritchard has completed a move to Norwich City for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old made just two Premier League appearances for Spurs during his time at the club, but did impress at championship level on loan, claiming Brentford’s Players Player of the Year and a place in the Championship’s Team of the Year in 2014/15.
Pritchard failed to make an impact in a white shirt, but youth graduates succeeding in other leagues is a testament to the quality of the set up at White Hart Lane, and the undisclosed fee will certainly contribute to bringing more players to the Lane.
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