Tottenham are set to complete a £17million deal and are hoping to follow that up with another £20million signing in the coming weeks.
It is has reported for many weeks now that Tottenham had been close to an agreement with AZ Alkmaar for the signing of Vincent Janssen. The 21-year-old impressed in the Dutch division last season and he has attracted interest from many top European clubs, but it looks as if Spurs are to win the race to sign him.
Tottenham’s initial offer was south of £15million, but The Telegraph are now reporting that Pocchettino is ready to pay £17million asking price. Manchester United’s interest in the young striker may have pushed the club into meeting AZ’s demands.
Jannsen, who has been superb in the last season shows why he is so clinical scoring 0.89 goals per 90 minutes compared to Rashford who manages 0.53. Rashford has been superb for United and did not just score goals, he contributed to 0.21 assists which sees him come out on top of Janssen who managed just 0.13. Of course the differing difficulties of the leagues should be considered when comparing the two, but Janssen does look a top prospect – he’s scored 3 goals in 5 international caps so he has started to back up his form domestically on the international stage.
Tottenham are also eyeing a swoop for Newcastle and Holland midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The 25-year-old looks set to leave Newcastle this summer following the clubs relegation from the Premier League. Although he was only signed for £14.5million, it is thought Benitez wants to raise around £25million for the player, although many reports believe the club will accept around £20million if a concrete bid was made.
Wijnaldum predominantly plays on the left, but can be used on the right with the advantage to cut in side; his versatility will certainly be an attraction to interested clubs with the player also capable of playing centrally. Wijnaldum can also play centrally and as soon as he gets the ball he wants to dribble, his impressive power on the flanks saw him manage 60.24% success take ons per 90 minutes. One thing that could be improved in Wijnaldum’s play is his final ball, although this could be worked on, he impressively managed to create 1.37 chances per 90 last season.
Wijnaldum and Janssen would certainly be two good Dutch additions to a Spurs squad that came so close to winning the Premier League last season. Pochettino needs to add more options to his squad now that the club are competing in the Champions League next season. The addition of Janssen will be vital, as it lifts the goalscoring burden off of Harry Kane, who carried the side at times last season. Wijnaldum’s versatility and age (25) make him a very useful addition, someone with Premier League experience that can continue to get better.