Tottenham Hotspur have come a long way under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino and the Lilywhites are ready to bolster their ranks this summer to improve their chances of success.
TalkSport, reporting via German outlet Bild, states that Spurs are rivalling Atletico Madrid for the services of Hoffenheim ace Nadiem Amiri, who could be available for a cut-price fee as he’s entered the final 18 months of his current deal.
Hoffenheim have excelled in the Bundesliga this season, currently sat fourth and set to secure a place in the Champions League next season, but they may struggle to keep Amiri as interest from Europe’s elite clubs continues to rise.
Last year, Hoffenheim rejected a bid of £11m from German rivals RB Leipzeig for the 20-year-old but, given his contract situation, they’ll find it far more difficult to rebuff the interest of clubs this summer- especially if they come from a club like Spurs.
Who exactly is Amiri?
Since making his Bundesliga debut in February 2015, Amiri has established himself as one of the most exciting young attackers within German football and boasts 47 appearances to date; scoring five goals in the process.
Capped for German’s youth sides from U18 level all the way up to U21, where he has six appearances, Amiri is expected to push into the senior squad in the coming years and is further evidence to the spectacular depth of talent the World Cup champions boast.
Interest in his services is high and a transfer could occur this summer due to his contract situation, although it would be a risky move as he may not be guaranteed first-team assurances elsewhere.
Do Spurs need him?
With Pochettino’s side currently boasting the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and others, Spurs’ need for a midfielder like Amiri isn’t desperate and the youngster would see a significant decrease in first-team football if he moved to White Hart Lane.
However, given his talents, Spurs would be unwise to let the opportunity pass them by and his signature would add to the abundance of young talent that the Lilywhites boast- putting the North London outfit in a strong position for the coming years.
A major pay-rise would be handed to Amiri in the Premier League but a decision is unlikely to be easy for the young German, who has plenty of things to consider.