Tottenham Prepare January Move for Adaptable £23m Athletic Bilbao Youngster Oscar de Marcos

White Hart Lane side target Spanish utility man.

Spanish source Nuevo Futbol state that Tottenham are preparing a January move for Athletic Bilbao youngster Oscar de Marcos, a player Andre Villas-Boas is seemingly keen to lure to White Hart Lane.

After a couple of average seasons at San Mames, de Marcos came to the fore last term to help his Basque side to become a regular in Marcelo Bielsa’s side with his most prominent displays coming during the La Liga side’s run to the Europa League final.

The former Alaves man made 56 appearances in all competitions last term and has become a crucial member of the Bilbao line-up but could certainly be tempted by a move to the Premier League. Having seen his midfield partner Javi Martinez leave for Bayern Munich and with Fernando Llorente’s contract set to come to an end next summer, Bielsa could be faced with the very real prospect of losing the nucleus of his talented side.

Though Villas-Boas brought in Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele he may still feel he is light of options in this area given the fact that both Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart were sold to Real Madrid and Hamburg respectively, the North London side are perhaps also lacking strength in depth in a number of the areas the adaptable Spaniard can fill.

Oscar de Marcos can effectively fill a central midfield role but has also played for Athletic Bilbao at full-back and as a centre forward. This source states that the former Spanish Under 21 international has a release clause of €30m (£23.9m).

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