Tottenham linked with £17m Mousa Dembele replacement

Werder Bremen star Thomas Delaney is wanted by Tottenham and Brighton, according to a report in Germany.

It’s not often that Spurs are linked with players, but Bild apparently claimed ;ast month that the 26-year-old was interesting both clubs and now another source claims the interest is genuine.

According to German media outlet Mein Werder, Spurs will have to pay £16.8million for the 26-year-old Denmark international this summer.

Delaney, who is under contract until 2021, has scored three goals and added six assists in 35 games in central midfield this season.

Described by the Bundesliga official site as a “box-to-box” midfielder, Delaney has impressed after joining Bremen in January 2017 from Copenhagen for £2million.

Delaney may well be seen as a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele, whose injury problems have cast a doubt over his Spurs future.

Dembele has made it clear that talks over extending his Spurs deal that expires in June 2019 will not be held until after the World Cup.

“At the beginning of the season, I said ‘I had physical problems, I want to see at the end of the season how I feel’. That’s what the club and I decided by mutual agreement,” said Demebele in March

If Spurs were looking for a man to seal the deal then Delaney’s Danish team-mate Christian Eriksen may well be the man to persuade Delaney to uproot from Germany.