Vincent Janssen has signed for Tottenham from AZ Alkmaar until 2020 subject to international clearance, the Premier League club have announced.
Tottenham’s initial €18m offer for the forward was rejected last month, but their second offer was finally accepted, although the fee has risen further following the dropping of the British Sterling’s value against the Euro. Although the Holland striker has signed for what is being described as an undisclosed fee, reports suggest the player will cost Mauricio Pochettino’s men £18.6million.
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Tottenham had been in negotiations with AZ for the best part of six weeks, with Pochettino desperate to bring in cover for Harry Kane as his side look to balance a renewed title challenge with the Champions League.
Janssen was first given permission to speak to Spurs in the first week of June, when the forward visited the club’s training ground and agreed personal terms.
AZ initially indicated they would accept around £12m for the player but interest from Wolfsburg, PSG and West Ham persuaded the club to up their asking price.
Other interested parties were told, however, that Janssen had his heart set on White Hart Lane, and the clubs finally agreed a deal on Saturday before the Dutchman underwent a medical on Monday and finalised the move.
During initial talks with Pochettino, it was made clear to Janssen that while Kane will remain the team’s first-choice striker, he will be given ample opportunity to impress, particularly in cup competitions.
There is also the possibility Janssen could start the new campaign if Kane, who endured a disappointing Euro 2016, is eased back in more gradually following an exhausting 12 months.
Janssen has enjoyed a remarkable rise to stardom, joining AZ only last summer after he scored 19 times for Almere City in the Dutch second tier.
Renowned for his high levels of energy and excellent finishing, he then exploded into form this calendar year with 21 goals in 17 league appearances.
He also has five full caps for Holland and found the net against England in his country’s 2-1 win at Wembley in March.
Janssen becomes Tottenham’s second signing of the summer after the club bought midfielder Victor Wanyama from Southampton last month.