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Does Tottenham’s reported Alassane Plea swoop suggest Anthony Martial pursuit is over?

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Does Tottenham’s reported Alassane Plea swoop suggest Anthony Martial pursuit is over?

Does this new pursuit suggest Tottenham are finished with the Manchester United man?

Tottenham have opened negotiations for OGC Nice forward Alassane Plea with an offer of around 25 million euros (£21.9m), as Mauricio Pochettino looks to bolster the supply line to 41-goal man Harry Kane, according to reports from Foot Mercato.

The 25-year-old striker stood out this season for the Ligue 1 outfit, bagging an impressive 21 goals and seven assists in 49 appearances for a stuttering side, and the Spurs boss has decided he could be the man to diversify the attack at White Hart Lane next term.

 

Anthony Martial was originally touted as high on the list 0f the Argentine’s targets last month, according to London Evening Standard, but it appears that, after failing to gather any traction in negotiations for the Frenchman, the Lilywhites could have ended all hope of landing his signature.

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Both players employ a similar play-style, using their speed and attacking intelligence to trouble defences with runs in-behind,  and it seems unlikely Pochettino would try to land both this summer, given previous financial restrictions in recent years.

The most likely outcome is that Spurs have decided that financially, the pursuit of Martial isn’t worth what Manchester United are demanding – the Mirror having reported that the Red Devils have slapped a £75 million price-tag on the 22-year-old – and Alassane Plea is a secondary target.

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  1. Tony Borg

    June 21, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Our targets change every day, most of the players we’ve been after since January have either gone somewhere else or are going to go somewhere else, cause our board can’t get the deals done, we won’t pay what is being asked and even deals going out take forever, cause we won’t accept a decent offer. Don’t call that fantastic dealing. Linked with all the top players but end up with Sissoko’s, Janssen’s and Soldado’s. Can’t wait to see our marquee signing this year. LOL

    • john yorke

      June 21, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      I agree with u,tony.I liked the look of maddison last season and hoped we would sign him but we just seem to let other team come in and sign them.Other teams have top targets and seem to thrash out a deal and its all done and dusted before july,but every seasons we say we will get players in early and end up panic buying at the end of august.

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