Tottenham have deal in place to sign Barrios in January

Tottenham are set to sign Wilmar Barrios from Boca Juniors in the January transfer window, according to reports in Argentina via SportWitness.

What’s the word?

After a quiet summer saw Tottenham fail to sign a single player, Mauricio Pochettino is preparing to be more active when the transfer window reopens in January and a deal is already reported to be in place for one target.

According to reports in Argentina via SportWitness, Spurs will sign Colombia international Wilmar Barrios from Boca Juniors after agreeing on a deal with the South American side to land the 25-year-old midfielder when the market opens.

Barrios, capped 17 times by Colombia, will cost a fee of €23m (£20.2m) and will arrive to provide depth to Spurs’ midfield ahead of a stern fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League that lies ahead in the coming months.

A good deal?

Tottenham’s lack of depth has been exposed by their poor form in the Champions League, where defeats to Inter Milan and Barcelona have put the Lilywhites’ European ambitions at risk of going up in smoke at a very early stage.

Signing Barrios would help to relieve that issue and, although it could come too late to save Spurs’ continental campaign, a deal would provide a huge boost to the squad ahead of the expected departure of Mousa Dembele at the end of the season.

The loss of Dembele will hit Pochettino’s squad hard but Barrios would relieve that blow and an added benefit is his affordable price-tag – something Daniel Levy will love – which should leave plenty of funds available for Pochettino to secure further signings in other areas of his squad.