Tottenham must hijack any Crystal Palace move for Danny Drinkwater

According to reports in The Mirror on July 28, out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is a target for Crystal Palace, and Tottenham Hotspur should make a shock move to hijack any potential deal.

What’s the word, then?

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Well, The Mirror say that the England international is primed for an exit from the Blues as he isn’t in new manager Maurizio Sarri’s plans, especially following the arrival of Jorginho from Napoli.

The England international now faces competition from the likes of Ross Barkley, Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante for a spot in the middle of the park, and it appears as though he may be the odd-one-out.

The Mirror report that the Eagles would be interested in a loan deal for a player that cost the west London outfit £35m less than 12 months ago.

Should Drinkwater arrive at Selhurst Park, he would be competing with the likes of Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur and Jason Puncheon for a central midfield role, and he could potentially be a long-term replacement for Yohan Cabaye following the Frenchman’s departure this summer.

Why should Tottenham hijack any deal?

Well, reports suggest that Moussa Dembele will leave the north London club before the transfer window slams shut on August 9, and with Victor Wanyama picking up a knee issue during pre-season, Mauricio Pochettino’s transfer priority may well be to bring in a new central midfield player.

While things haven’t worked out for Drinkwater at Stamford Bridge, the 28-year-old has shown in the past for Leicester City and England the qualities that he has, and he could certainly bring something to the Spurs midfield – especially with his tenacity and his impressive range of passing that could help set the likes of Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min away.

It would be seen as an underwhelming addition by some Tottenham supporters, but under Pochettino, whom fans on Twitter are begging to sign a talented 18-year-old defender, he could reignite his Premier League career.