Plea is cheap alternative to Martial, but Tottenham Hotspur are taking a risk

Tottenham Hotspur have outlined a move for Nice attacker Alassane Plea due to failure to land Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, according to Footmercato.

What’s the word?

The North London outfit have been linked with a swoop for Martial for some time now.

The Frenchman’s agent has publicly suggested that his client wants to move on, but there is no indication that a deal is anywhere near close to completion.

According to Footmercato, Spurs have moved away from their number one target and have now switched attention to Nice’s Plea.

The report goes as far to say that a £22m offer has already been submitted by the Premier League club.

Is Plea a worthy alternative?

The Frenchman previously played alongside Martial at Lyon and they share similar qualities, albeit Plea is three years older at 25.

Plea predominantly plays as a striker, but he can also switch to either side of the pitch, which would fit what Tottenham seem to be looking for.

Last season, the attacker scored 21 goals and created seven assists in 49 appearances in all competitions, which shows that he could be an asset to Spurs.

The only concern is the fact that Martial has Premier League experience and Plea does not.

The former would be able to seamlessly slot into the team whereas his compatriot may need time.

Financially, it is a much better deal from Tottenham’s point of view, so it is definitely an avenue worth exploring if the club continue to be priced out of a move for Martial.