In Focus: Tottenham unlikely to succeed with late Amadou Diawara move

According to reports in Italian media outlet Calcio Napoli 24, Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to make a rare January bid of €38m (£33.2m) to sign Napoli midfielder Amadaou Diawara before the transfer window closes on Wednesday, but they appear unlikely to get their man which will leave fans once again frustrated at their lack of business.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Calcio Napoli 24 reports that Spurs are ready to make second attempt to sign the highly-rated 20-year-old having been rebuffed by Napoli last year, although it may be difficult to prise him away from the Serie A leaders given their league position.

Calcio Napoli 24 says that the Italian outfit would likely be unwilling to sell the midfielder this late in the window, especially as they value him higher than the £33.2m offer that is reportedly on the table, as well as it leaving them little time to sign a replacement.

How has Diawara done this season?

After a breakthrough campaign last time out, the 20-year-old probably would have hoped that he would have featured more than he has this term.

The Guinean starlet has played 18 times in all competitions and he has scored one goal – against Manchester City in the Champions League from the penalty spot – and provided one assist.

However, the majority of his 11 Serie A outings have come from the substitutes’ bench, while he has been an unused part of the matchday squad on 10 occasions in the Italian top flight this season – including in the previous two.

According to WhoScored.com, the midfielder’s strengths are his passing and his ability to make key passes and interceptions, and he has a passing accuracy of 92.4% in 16 appearances in Serie A and in Europe, while he has made eight key passes, 12 interceptions and successfully completed five of the six dribbles he has attempted.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

He certainly would be.

The 6ft 1in midfielder looks to have a bright future ahead of him as a defensively-minded player, but he also has all of the attributes to play as box-to-box player given his dribbling ability and his success at making key passes.

While it seems unlikely that Spurs will bring the 20-year-old to the Premier League this month, they may well revisit a move for the highly-rated youngster in the future – potentially in the summer if they are looking for a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele.