Tottenham are still working on a deal to bring Edmond Taposoba to the club this summer – but Fabrizio Romano admits pulling off the move will be tough with Ange Postecoglou putting a Plan B in place just in case.
The Aussie boss is overseeing what could be the most important transfer window at N7 in a good number of years. They have already splashed the cash to bring in five signings so far, with James Maddison at £40m the most eye-catching.
And with Dejan Kulusevski and Pedro Porro finalising permanent moves, Tottenham’s spending has already soared through the £100m barrier.
But the biggest deals of the summer at Spurs could be yet to take place. And with speculation mounting that Bayern Munich are readying a third offer for Harry Kane, a possible swap deal involving a Liverpool target could yet twist Tottenham’s arm.
With money in the bank from Kane’s sale, Spurs would obviously need a high-calibre replacement. And a report claimed Postecoglou had eight options under consideration, it appears that Randal Kolo Muani is the club’s preferred options.
Reports in France on Thursday, though, also claim the club are ready to hijack Chelsea’s move for Montpellier striker Elye Wahi too. A deal for the France U21 striker is likely to set Tottenham back a fee of around £25.6m.
In addition, Postecoglou also wants to remodel Tottenham’s defence. He is trying to offload the unwanted Davinson Sanchez, though efforts to offload him to Spartak Moscow appear to have failed.
Nonetheless, Spurs are looking at a number of top class options to bolster their rearguard.
Edmond Tapsoba remains top Tottenham target
Indeed, Tottenham’s No 1 target is, was and remains Bayer Leverkusen star Edmond Tapsoba. The Burkina Faso defender has established himself as one of the best in the Bundesliga, with some solid displays for Xabi Alonso’s side.
As a result, they have placed a prohibitive €45m asking price on his head and are seemingly in no hurry to cash in.
However, Romano says Tottenham continue to push for a deal. Admitting, though, that a move will not be easy, he says Spurs do have a Plan B in mind in the form of Wolfsburg’s Micky van de Ven.
“Edmond Tapsoba remains a player to watch,” Romano told Caught Offside. “Tottenham are still working on this one, he remains a top target for Spurs in defence. Still, it’s not an easy deal to get done because Bayer Leverkusen are asking for a big fee but Spurs are still trying to find a way.
“As previously mentioned, Tottenham have also had an interest in Wolfsburg centre-back Micky van de Ven, as they have a strategy of negotiating with a few different players before attacking the target they really want. It seems that Tapsoba is that player but the issue is he’s more expensive than Van de Ven.
“Also with Tapsoba, let’s see if other clubs could join the race for him too – it’ll be one to watch, definitely.”
As well as Tapsoba and Van de Ven, Spurs also have an interest in Blackburn’s Ashley Phillips and Roger Ibanez of Roma.
However, their hopes of a deal for Phillips appear to have stalled after a serious price hike in the teenager’s fee.