Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a £10.6m deal for Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout, reports from France claim.
According to L’Equipe, cited by the Express, Mauricio Pochettino is set to bid £10.6m for the midfielder, and is eager to finalise the transfer of the France Under-21 international before their opening Premier League clash with Manchester United on August 8th.
The British newspaper state that Morgan Schneiderlin – who recently signed for the Red Devils in a £25m deal [via BBC Sport] – was Spurs’ major target this summer and therefore may have forced their attentions to turn to Veretout.
Having missed out on Schneiderlin’s signature, Pochettino remains keen on bolstering his midfield – and Veretout, as stated by the Express, has emerged as the the Argentine manager’s top target.
The 22-year-old caught the eye last season after an impressive Ligue 1 tally of seven goals and six assists in 36 appearances for Nantes.
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Tottenham have been quietly busy in the summer window, as the Premier League top-four chasers look set to undergo a revamp ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.
Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Benjamin Stambouli and Younes Kaboul have been sold by the Lilywhites [via Sky Sports], suggesting that Pochettino is planning for the future at White Hart Lane in offloading those that have failed to impress over recent seasons.
As well as Veretout, Spurs have also been linked with West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, the International Business Times report.