Tottenham Hotspur came agonizingly close to the Premier League title this past season. Maverick manager Mauricio Pochettino is now looking to make the signings that can take Spurs to the next level and has set his sights on Newcastle United’s prized Dutch midfielder.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was absolutely devastated after his team of young, hungry upstarts ended a brilliant season with a 5-1 loss to already relegated Newcastle United. The all too familiar sight of their bitter North London rivals Arsenal finishing above them in the table devastated Tottenham and their fans.
However, the Argentine manager has created a team capable of stepping up to the big guns and will look to make some key signings this summer. Spurs have made a bid for AZ Alkmaar’s Dutch striker Vincent Janssen, who is eager to join the club. But with negotiations coming to a standstill, Tottenham have now turned their attentions to another Dutch attacker.
Attacking midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum moved from PSV to Newcastle United for £17 million last summer. The Magpies have been relegated to the Championship this season though, and a lot of key players are looking for a move away. They have already sold Andros Townsend to Crystal Palace for £13 million, and are trying to hold on to Wijnaldum with Tottenham expressing an interest, according to the Daily Mail.
Newcastle United are not willing to let the 25-year-old Dutchman go for cheap and are demanding £25 million from Spurs, hoping to make a healthy profit on the fee they paid for him last summer. Wijnaldum has been mercurial for the Magpies, managing to notch up 11 goals and 5 assists in the Premier League this past season.
Tottenham currently boast of an immensely talented attacking midfield trio of Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen. But Champions League action next season will mean that Spurs will see their squad depth severely tested. If Spurs want to make an impact on both the European and domestic fronts, then Wijanldum could be an astute addition. The Dutchman is a grade above Belgian midfielder Nacer Chadli, who has remained anonymous for most of the season, while last summer’s attacking acquisitions Clinton Njie and Son Heung-Min have not made an impact at the club yet.