Spurs 'send chief scout' to monitor Barca winger - reports

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Tottenham could be set to formalise their interest in Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay, it has been claimed.

According to The Mirror, the north Londoners sent chief scout Ian Broomfield to compile a report on the 25-year-old during Barca's friendly with Internacional last night, and Spurs are now closing in on a move.

Afellay played the entire first half as the Catalan giants went on to triumph on penalties in Munich, having been held to a 2-2 draw during regular time.

Broomfield will now report back to Harry Redknapp with his findings, with the Spurs boss then set to consider whether or not he will attempt to bring Afellay to White Hart Lane.

Afellay joined Barca from PSV Eindhoven during the January transfer window, but has failed this far to make a significant impact at the Nou Camp.


The Holland international started only seven times in La Liga after his New Year switch, which has alerted Spurs - and others - to his potential availability.

Whether or not Spurs' interest in Afellay is genuine remains to be seen, but Redknapp is thought to be keen to bring in attacking reinforcements this summer.

However, Redknapp has been told by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that he must trim his squad before any significant investment can be made.

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