Tottenham looking to conclude potential £73.5m transfer


Tottenham's return to form last Sunday was timely.

After drawing 0-0 with Bournemouth, the supporters were on Jose Mourinho and his players' backs.

For the first time in quite a long while, the club could miss out on the Champions League - a tournament they reached the final of only 13 months ago. It's been the definition of a bumpy ride since Spurs moved into their new stadium.

Though, few will have expected when it was built that they'd end up having to play in front of no supporters.

For Tottenham, this is a nightmare scenario. They have a brand new ground but are unable to fill it and gain income on a matchday.

Thus, the idea of spending big in the summer window seems far-fetched.

So far the club have looked at signing players on the cheap. Free-agent Thomas Meunier was linked before heading to Borussia Dortmund, for instance.


Therefore, it seems incredible to think Tottenham are still in the hunt for Lille forward Victor Osimhen.

According to reports, the Nigerian is on the verge of joining Napoli for a massive fee of €81m (£73.5m) but according to one French journalist, Spurs could be set to hijack proceedings.

Mohamed Bouhafsi took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to confirm that two English clubs including Mourinho's men were interested. He did, however, say that Napoli were still in the lead for the 21-year-old.

It seems that only a last-minute hiccup or disagreement could stop the Italian side from signing the youngster.


GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Osimhen would be an absolutely exceptional capture for Spurs.

The forward rustled the back of the net an eye-catching 18 times in France this season, also registering six assists for Lille.

Yet, it's his ability to beat opponents in the air that's one of the most exciting parts of his game. In Ligue 1 this term, he has won a colossal 4.4 aerial duels per game - he is a real bulldozer when he wants to be.

It's hardly surprising that he's earned comparisons to a Premier League legend of the past. Former teammate Nicolas Penneteau said he can be "the new Drogba" in the future.


However, it's important to remember Spurs' financial situation. If they forked out £73.5m to sign someone this summer, Daniel Levy would be playing a dicey game with the club's finances.

Journalist Alasdair Gold revealed the club were estimating losses of £200m this year after having to seal a loan of £175m from the British government.

Osimhen would significantly strengthen the Lilywhites, but any transfer is surely out of the question. They may well have to surrender the player to Naples.

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