Tottenham and Monaco look set to go head to head in a battle to land 23-year old French international, Antoine Griezmann, from Real Sociedad, according to the Telegraph.
The winger has attracted plenty of attention following the recent World Cup in Brazil after producing a string of impressive performances for his country, with Monaco and Tottenham leading the way to land the player.
Griezmann to fill Bale void
Spurs have been on the lookout for a similar player to Gareth Bale, and it is thought club officials at White Heart Lane have identified Griezmann as the player that could fill the void left by the Welshman following his departure to Real Madrid last season.
Griezmann is an attacking winger that has the ability to drift inside and score goals, as showcased in the World Cup and his previous season with Sociedad, which saw him score 20-goals for the San Sebastian based club.
Apparently Tottenham have already signalled their intentions with an offer that was declined by Sociedad, however the north London club are now ready to meet the £25 million buy-out clause in the Frenchman's contract.
Monaco are also looking for a player of Griezmann's credentials especially considering the impending departure of James Rodriguez to Real Madrid. Money will be no problem for the Principality based club and the opportunity of playing in the Champions League, could tip the balance in their favour.
That said, Premier League football could be the bigger draw card at this stage, and club officials will be hoping that his French captain, Hugo Lloris, who has just extended his stay at White Heart Lane, could help persuade Griezmann to join Mauricio Pochettino's team.
Adding to this, another international team-mate, Morgan Schneiderlin, has openly expressed an interest in joining his former manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham from Southampton, another potential reason for Griezmann to join the north Londoners.
Schneiderlin's comments have given his former manager something to think about and it is thought that Spurs are willing to meet the £18 million Southampton want for the player.
“I think a manager like that is good for every club,” Schneiderlin said. “With the quality Tottenham have, Mauricio Pochettino will get the best out of each player.
“He came in and made Southampton play and now Tottenham have a great future.
“He improved me very much. He improved the whole squad and improved me as a player. He’s a great coach and good man and it’s a shame Southampton lost him.”
Griezmann could fill the void left by Bale
If Tottenham fail to lure Griezmann, the club will consider putting an offer in for 24-year old flying Dutchman, Memphis Depay, although again they will have to consider the fact that Louis Van Gaal could be interested in bringing the player to Old Trafford.
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