Monday 20 November 2017

Tottenham aim to wrap up Vincent Janssen deal and target Georginio Wijnaldum

Vincent Janssen (right) in action for Holland CREDIT: EPA
Vincent Janssen (right) in action for Holland CREDIT: EPA

Matt Law

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will turn his attention to signing a new attacking midfielder after securing a deal for striker Vincent Janssen with Georginio Wijnaldum among his targets.

Pochettino is hoping Spurs achieve a breakthrough in their pursuit of Janssen this week, as the club prepare to meet the £17 million asking price set by the 22-year-old’s club AZ Alkmaar.

Tottenham’s move for Janssen has been held up by ‘Moneyball’ brainchild Billy Beane, who advised AZ to hold out for £17m and reject the London club’s first two bids.

But Spurs have not been put off and Pochettino wants the Janssen deal wrapped up before moving on to his next target, which will be an attacking midfielder.

As ever, Pochettino’s team of scouts and analysts have drawn up an extensive list of potential targets in that position – one of whom is believed to be Newcastle United’s Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman only joined Newcastle last summer for £14.5m, but, despite relegation to the Championship, was an instant hit as he scored 11 Premier League goals and registered five assists.

Having already signed defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama, Pochettino wants to boost his attacking options to cover for injury and suspension and allow him to change formation. The Argentine also wants players in his squad who can make an impact from the substitutes’ bench.

Janssen will predominantly join as a back-up to Harry Kane, but could also partner the England international while Wijnaldum would give Pochettino another goal threat from midfield.

Speaking about his future last month, Wijnaldum said: “Of course I want to play at as high level as possible, in the Premier League, with a beautiful club – but not everything always goes the way you want. I will see what happens.”

Tottenham are prepared to sell Ryan Mason, who has been tracked by Hull City and Bournemouth, and would listen to offers for Nacer Chadli or Son Hueng-Min.

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