Tottenham round-up: Shock Llorente bid accepted; wait for Aurier announcement; north London rivals join Barkley race
Tottenham fans, brace yourselves. After almost three months of inactivity and misery, watching your rivals take huge strides in the transfer market, it seems like your time has finally come as the events of deadline day begin to unfold.
According to BBC Sport, Tottenham have had a bid accepted for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente as Mauricio Pochettino looks to bolster his striking options to complement Harry Kane.
Something that will give Spurs fans even more joy is that it appears the Spanish forward has been stolen from right under the nose of rivals Chelsea, who Sky Sports claim started the initial talks for him.
Yet it’s by no means a done deal as of yet, with the report expecting the reigning champions to return and – at the very least – match Tottenham’s offer for the ex-Juventus and Sevilla forward.
In other news, the wait for Paris Saint-Germain’s Serge Aurier to be officially announced as a Tottenham player will go into Thursday afternoon, with BBC Sport fully expecting the Ivorian to join.
The Paris Saint-Germain right-back had been waiting for clearance from the Home Office over a UK work visa following a conviction for assault last year, potentially putting the entire move in jeopardy.
But reports from Sky Sports yesterday believed that the Ivorian has been granted the required work permit to finalise his switch to north London, with a medical completed and personal terms agreed.
And finally, Tottenham’s fierce north London rivals have allegedly joined the race to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley as Arsene Wenger looks to salvage his side’s abject summer window so far.
The Mirror allege that Everton are holding out for £30 million for the 23-year-old after rejecting Chelsea’s offer of £25 million earlier in the week, and Arsenal are considering making a late swoop.
Yet contrary to this, reports from the Daily Mail believe that Mauricio Pochettino is willing to meet Ronald Koeman’s valuation of Barkley to secure a deal before the deadline, despite the fact that the midfielder is set to be ruled out of action until at least December after suffering a hamstring injury.