Janssen has impressed in his 5 caps for the Netherlands .

Tottenham close to Vincent Janssen signing

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Tottenham are edging closer to the signing of Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar, according to Sky Sports

The 21-year-old striker, who has been dubbed 'the new Ruud van Nistelrooy', is set to sign for a bargain £12million, joining a list of astute signings by Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs have been linked with a host of strikers already this summer, but Janssen is one of the most exciting yet. 


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Pochettino's record

Janssen's arrival wouldn't necessarily stop Spurs pursuing the likes of Michy Batshuayi or Alexandre Lacazette, but it would make their signings more unlikely.

That may come as a disappointment to fans who have been hotly anticipating their arrival.

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However, it's worth trusting in Pochettino's judgement on this one, given his record. Spurs' stinginess - or in fairness, their unwillingness to pay over the odds - has worked wonders for them in the past year.

This season, they signed Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli, and Kevin Wimmer for a combined total of £20.8million.

Time to develop

Because of his age, Janssen could go one of two ways. He could be an instant hit, or he might need more time to develop.

At £12million, though, Spurs can afford to take that risk. In contrast, either Lacazette or Batshuayi would need to be an immediate success for them to satisfy the fans because of their price tags. 

The same can be said of Breel Embolo, who is also being looked at by Manchester United.

The Sun report the Swiss teenager could now cost as much as £21million. 


By opting for Janssen, Spurs aren't compromising on quality. He scored 27 goals in 34 games in the Eredivisie last season and has now got 3 goals in his first 5 games for Holland.

Ambitious talent 

Unlike other rumoured targets Shane Long and Troy Deeney, he would be coming to the Premier League with a clean slate. Fans won't have already have formed an opinion on him, and that could ease the pressure on him considerably. 

The only real concern surrounding Janssen is his attitude.

"To be realistic the big Dutch clubs cannot afford me. That's not because of my wages, it's the transfer fee", he told Sky Sports.

But he is clearly an ambitious young player, and that should not deter Spurs. 

Pochettino's judgement has been proved right time and time again, so it looks as if Tottenham could be in for another bargain. 

Who should Tottenham sign this summer? Have your say in the comments. 

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