West Ham have rejected a £15million offer for their defensive-midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate from Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Daily Mail.
Spurs have been looking to sign a striker and a defensive-midfielder throughout the transfer window following the losses of Benjamin Stambouli, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho.
After losing Roberto Soldado, having frozen out Emmanuel Adebayor and with Erik Lamela on the verge of heading elsewhere, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to bring in new faces before the transfer window shuts. In that respect Kouyate is said to be their next number one priority.
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Tottenham have already made a £15m offer for the Senegalese defensive-midfielder, but were rejected by West Ham, who want to keep the star who has scored two goals in four Premier League games so far.
Tottenham have been wanting to sign a defensive-midfielder throughout the summer transfer window, having already failed to sign the likes of Victor Wanyama, James McCarthy and other midfielders who have been linked with Spurs.
Pochettino will surely make a new offer for the midfielder as Tottenham are trying to really strengthen their squad before their next game given their very disappointing start.
West Ham meanwhile could ask for as much as £20-£25m for their star, but with Alex Song joining Slaven Bilic's side on loan again it could mean that Kouyate has the green light to leave.
Where would he fit at Tottenham?
With Spurs, Kouyate would be virtually guaranteed a place in the starting XI and would definitely be one of their key players in midfield. His versatility would also allow him to play as a centre-back, bolstering that position as well.
With Christian Eriksen and Dele Ali looking like they'll be Tottenham's starting midfielders this season, Kouyate could come in and allow for a change in the formation - 4-3-3 would then be viable - which might also help Harry Kane, who's yet to score a goal in the Premier League this season.
Berahino a target
Spurs have been struggling up front this term so far and it seems like Saido Berahino is another target for Pochettino's side.
Tottenham have had three offers rejected already, but the English U21 international has made clear his desire to leave the Baggies and it looks like he could move to White Hart Lane for around £25m if a late deal can be secured.
The only issue that could come with this deal is that Brown Ideye has recently moved away from West Brom, leaving Berahino as one of the only strikers that the side have excluding record signing Salomon Rondon, who himself joined from Zenit Saint Petersburg earlier this season.
What do you think West Ham fans, do you want to keep Kouyate or would you prefer getting the money for him? Spurs fans, would he be a good signing? Let us know in the comments below.
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