Tottenham signed Gedson Fernandes last week but their bid to keep strengthening shows no signs of slowing down, with midfield still seen as a key area that requires improvement.
French newspaper L’Equipe [20/01], via Sport Witness, report that Jose Mourinho has set his sights on Lille’s Boubakary Soumaré, with the likes of Newcastle and Wolves also paying attention to the 20-year-old.
However, it is also suggested that Soumare is thought to be keen on staying in France beyond the end of the month, and therefore any potential deal may have to be arranged for the end of the season, as opposed to this month.
Some fans are supportive of the move whenever it takes place, as they believe the opportunity to add quality to the squad should not be missed.
If he’s available, get the guy. It’s all about building a quality squad anyways.
— ap (@otheranthony) January 20, 2020
If he doesnt wanna leave this month, pre agree and sort it out for summer. Levy, get a striker please
— BUY A STRIKER (@erenn230) January 20, 2020
Long term this is the critical position we have to fill with real quality, we have winks and Ndombele, need to add that specialist DCM so we start controlling games much more than we are now
— James Bishop (@JBishop83) January 20, 2020
Soumare may be young but he has already amassed an impressive 64 appearances for Lille, which includes six games in the Champions League this term where he averaged one tackle and two interceptions per game.
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That shows his quality, and a couple of supporters have likened his style to former player Mousa Dembele, someone the team has missed a little since the match against Watford was the first away league clean sheet they have recorded since the Belgian’s departure last January.
Don’t think he is quite an out and out holding midfielder but from what I’ve seen closest thing to Mousa Dembele in terms of strength and ball carrying. Should pay whatever to make it happen.
— Corey Albone (@cwalbone) January 20, 2020
PLEASE he plays like Moussa Dembelle
— Luke (@lukeyfishyy) January 20, 2020
Others aren’t as happy, however, and don’t expect much to come of this proposed move. Harry Kane’s injury means that one fan thinks signing a striker should be high on Mourinho’s agenda, not pursuing another midfielder.
Another midfielder before we’ve even got a striker ? Yhh alright then
— Odyssey | GoogleLane (@7Sonaldo) January 20, 2020
Probably offered a tenner!
— OhWhenTheSpurs (@v1ks_k) January 20, 2020
Elsewhere, Spurs fans have been reacting to a very interesting update from Mourinho regarding one player.