Espanyol playmaker wouldn’t object to a move to White Hart Lane.
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Javi Marquez insists he is happy at Espanyol amid reports he is being tracked by two Premier League clubs.
The midfielder has been one of the surprise performers in La Liga this season after missing the end of the last campaign with a broken leg.
Marquez has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan Athletic, with speculation claiming the two sides are weighing up 5million euros (£4.3m) bids in January.
Espanyol are understood to want at least 6.5m euros (£5.6m) before considering a sale, with the club’s financial problems potentially paving the way for Marquez’s departure.
However, while Marquez is flattered to have been linked with a move to England, he stressed his priority is to stay with Espanyol.
“I am happy at Espanyol, but I am pleased by this news because today the Premier League is, with Spain, the best in the world,” Marquez told the Spanish media.
“But I insist that my first option is to continue with Espanyol.” (Sky Sports)
Tottenham don’t really have a need for another central playmaker – with both Luka Modric and Rafael Van Der Vaart on their books.
Harry Redknapp has managed to find a way to fit both of those in the same team, with Modric playing from deep with Van Der Vaart just behind a striker.
However, should one of those be injured, Spurs could do worse than Javi Marquez at £5.6m as a backup.
Espanyol’s asking price is well within Wigan’s budget too, and Roberto Martinez would be sure to get the best out of his fellow countryman.
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