By Alistair Hann
Last Updated: 22nd July 2019
With Tottenham fans jubilant after box-to-box France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joined from Lyon for a reported club record £53.8 million – rumours are rife that the North London club are in the market for young creative talent.
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is one name that keeps popping up.
In the final days of 2018’s summer transfer window, Tottenham reportedly had a £25m offer rejected for the attacking midfielder.
And – after a season when he contributed six goals and six assists to Villa’s promotion push – Tottenham’s interest in the 23-year-old is unlikely to have cooled.
Grealish is 6/4 to have signed for Tottenham before the window shuts, with Leicester and Wolves next best in the betting at 8/1.
Second-time lucky for Spurs?
Grealish was reported to be “disappointed and disillusioned”, when the Aston Villa board rebuffed Tottenham last year.
But he recommitted to his childhood club and can now look forward to a season in the Premier League.
Plus, he is under contract until 2023 and has a strong connection with the club fan base.
The worry for Aston Villa is that the prospect of Champions League football will turn Grealish’s head. Does another summer of discontent beckon?
Could Ceballos be the answer?
Another midfielder on Mauricio Pocettino’s radar is Real Madrid youngster Dani Ceballos.
The 22-year-old midfield schemer was a fixture for Spain at youth level and is valued at around £30m.
He’s played for Real Madrid 23 times in La Liga, scoring three goals and has a Xavi-esque pass-completion rate over 90% in all competitions.
He would provide Tottenham another option in central-midfield, alongside Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Eric Dier and the highly-rated youth prospect Oliver Skipp.
His signing could also spell the end of Victor Wanyama’s spell at the club.
The talk is that Ceballos wants to prove himself in Madrid, but he is 4/6 to have signed for Tottenham before the deadline, with Real Betis next best in the betting at 3/1 and Arsenal linked at 6/1.
Rose and Trippier headed for the exit?
With all these rumoured incomings at Tottenham, it seems certain several players will be heading for the exit.
Two of the players most likely to leave are fullbacks Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier.
If Rose does depart, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon could provide cover on the left – especially when Tottenham play with wing-backs. Sessegnon is 1/10 to make a long-touted switch across London.