Tottenham eye move for Premier League stalwart

Doherty against Palace

Tottenham's transfer window has been a tame affair so far.

Remove the usual links to Gareth Bale and it's been quiet. Daniel Levy has spent, but it's a far cry from some of the astronomical sums we saw last summer.

Why? Well, there are many reasons at play this year.

COVID-19 has hit Spurs hard, so much so that they're facing losses of £200m.

The fact Jose Mourinho's men failed to qualify for the Champions League will also have been a heavy hitter in terms of finances.

That being said, Tottenham aren't using it as an excuse and are actually moving the barriers in a smart way.

They spent just £15m on signing a Premier League proven player in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg while Joe Hart arrived at no cost whatsoever. 

Joe Hart

It seems like Levy is looking at the top-flight for his new recruits. Demarai Gray has been touted at £20m but he's now stumbled upon a very eye-catching target.

According to Football London, the Lilywhites have identified Wolves wing-back Matt Doherty as an option in the summer window.

Valued at £14.4m according to Transfermarkt, it's thought that Jose Mourinho is a fan of the player and is attracted by the idea of seeing Doherty in north London.

The report states that the Irishman ticks a lot of boxes for Spurs, who are looking to improve a full-back area vacated by Kyle Walker-Peters.

Coincidentally, Spurs could be about to pounce on the misfortune of rivals, Arsenal. Reports from elsewhere suggest that Ainsley Maitland-Niles, another wing-back, could be on his way to Wolves.

That would surely pave the way for Doherty's departure.

Matt Doherty and Troy Parrott

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

If you could handpick a reasonably priced full-back from the Premier League then Doherty would be at the top of the list.

He is second to only Trent Alexander-Arnold for chance creation by right-backs in the top-flight over the last two seasons and racked up seven goals and five assists in all competitions last term. 

Doherty, who has appeared 75 times in the Premier League, is as impressive going forward as he is in defence. For Wolves in 2019/20, the wing-back won a colossal 3.4 aerial duels per match and 1.6 tackles.

Immediately you can see how that would be an instant upgrade on Serge Aurier, certainly in the air.

Matt Doherty celebrates against Palace

Although Aurier makes more tackles per game, he is not a force when it comes to winning headers - achieving a success rate of 2.1

Aurier's stats actually look quite promising but his days in London have been met with inconsistencies and rashness. If Spurs can acquire Doherty they'd be assured of having someone who plays well on a regular basis.

The 28-year-old is in his prime and is one of the most consistent players in his position in the country. This would be fine business.

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