The move is a bitter blow to Spurs, who had been tracking the France winger after an impressive World Cup and a 2013/14 campaign that had seen him net 20 times in all competitions.
But the Lilywhites are still need of a talented wide-man, especially on the left hand side. Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson (now of Swansea) and Andros Townsend failed to make that position their own last season, before No.10 Christian Eriksen was eventually moved out wide.
Thus, and with over a month of the summer transfer window still remaining, here’s a list of SIX alternatives to the 23 year-old for the Lilywhites to consider…
The obvious transfer alternative to Antoine Griezmann would be Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez, who is known to be on the wishlist of former gaffer Mauricio Pochettino:
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) July 21, 2014
The 24 year-old had a stunning 2013/14 campaign as detailed below, before being stretchered off with an ACL injury in April and subsequently missing the World Cup:
Measuring in at 6 foot 1, the winger-forward comes with a powerful presence and can also operate as an out-and-out striker, making him a useful addition to the Tottenham attack.
Here’s a look at Jay-Rod’s highlights from last season:
And Spurs will feel their chances of signing the £20million-rated England international have significantly improved, following news that he’s allegedly snubbed a new contract at St. Mary’s.
Antoine Griezmann’s all-but-official Atletico Madrid arrival could spell a departure for Turkish international Arda Turan, who has never quite hit the heights expected at Vincente Calderon.
But the 27 year-old comes with a preceding reputation from his time at Galatasaray, where he racked up an incredible 45 goals and 77 assists in 194 appearances for the Turkish giants.
No doubt, the attacking midfielder is an impressive, versatile talent. Here’s a look at his highlights from last season:
Once likened to Lionel Messi, working under Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital has added a whole new defensive side to Turan’s game. He’s also developed a particular knack of producing on the European nights, as detailed below:
Tottenham were strongly linked to the Turkish playmaker last summer, and could revive their interest following Griezmann’s arrival.
However, they would likely have to match Turan’s £32million release clause, and recent speculation suggests Manchester United are currently leading the race for his signature:
Man Utd revive £32m bid to beat Arsenal & Liverpool to Arda Turan after Arturo Vidal snub http://t.co/1FVuncUzRS
— Turkish Super League (@STSLI) July 28, 2014
Despite long-being touted as a transfer target for the Premier League elite, Marseille winger-forward Andre Ayew is yet to be plucked away from Stade Velodrome.
The Ghana international has emerged as Ligue 1’s most potent wideman over the last few seasons, amassing an impressive 49 goals and 16 assists in 164 appearances for L’OM.
Despite battling with injury last season the 24 year-old produced a number of promising displays and transitioned his form into the World Cup, as detailed below:
He netted this incisive header against Germany:
And this tidy finish against Team USA:
With his contract set to expire at the end of next season, it’s believed Ayew could be available for as little as £10million this summer.
But reports from Ghana suggest he has been offered to Serie A strugglers AC Milan:
Ghana World Cup star Andre Ayew may sign for AC Milan – GhanaWeb http://t.co/aWWXlUuMPi
— AC Milan fann club (@ACMilanfannclub) July 11, 2014
Another wide-man target known to be already in Tottenham’s transfer crosshairs is Netherlands hotshot Memphis Depay, who claimed two goals and one assist for his country at the World Cup.
— Talking THFC™ (@TalkingTHFC) June 21, 2014
That includes this swerving strike against Australia:
…as well as this far-post finish against Chile:
The 20 year-old produced strong form in the Eredivisie last season too, finding twelve goals and seven assists in 32 appearances. Here’s a look at his campaign highlights:
Often dubbed ‘The Dutch CR7’ for their shared free-kick technique and playing style, there’s no doubt Depay has a bright future ahead of him.
But a firm favourite of Louis van Gaal, it’s believed the former Oranje boss has plans to bring the winger with him to Old Trafford this summer:
— Spurs News (@Spurs2day) July 25, 2014
Bayern Munich hotshot Xherdan Shaqiri was expected to join the Liverpool ranks this summer. But with the Reds yet to make significant progress and having already acquired two like-minded players in Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic, the Lilywhites have an opportunity to weigh in.
The Switzerland international has proved himself a useful cameo performer for the German Champions and produced strong form at the World Cup, as detailed below:
This goal against Honduras particularly stood out:
But having to contend with a world-class roster for a regular first team place, the 22 year-old is well aware his development is being stifled at the Allianz Arena.
Resultantly, a move away this summer is widely anticipated, expectedly at a cost of around £15million-£20million.
But Spurs will have to act quickly, with reports emerging over the last few days that Liverpool have made an official offer:
— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) July 25, 2014
A lesser-known winger said to be on the White Hart Lane radar is Salzburg star Sadio Mane, who was linked to a host of top Premier League clubs back in March:
— Gary Horkan (@GaryHorkan) March 24, 2014
As viewable below, the 22 year-old was in sensational form last season, both domestically and in the Europa League:
Here’s a short clip of the Senegal international in action:
Impressive stuff, and after claiming the Austrian double last year, Mane is widely expected to seek new horizons this summer. Furthermore, with Salzburg reportedly demanding just £10million, he could prove to be a major coup.
But interest in the former Metz forward is remarkably high. Mirror Football believe he could be on his way to Bayer Leverkusen to team up with former Salzburg boss Rodger Schmidt, whilst West Ham are also hot on Mane’s heels:
— Sean Whetstone (@westhamfootball) June 8, 2014