According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain’s out-on-loan star Giovani Lo Celso, and are also monitoring West Brom prospect Rekeem Harper’s contract situation at the Hawthorns.
Well, the north Londoners appear to be in the market for a centre midfielder, and have identified the aforementioned duo as potential signings for the summer.
Lo Celso is on loan at Real Betis from Paris Saint-Germain, where he has impressed hugely for the Spanish side in La Liga this season – Betis have an option to buy for just £21m, which they will take up before looking to shift the Argentine on for considerable profit.
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In Harper’s case, the young Englishman’s contract with the Baggies runs out in the summer and he is yet to agree terms on an extension with the promotion hopefuls – the 19-year-old has been one of their standout players this campaign.
Mauricio Pochettino used to be able to call upon the formidable midfield partnership of Dembele and Wanyama, a duo that had been a huge part of arguably his best time as Spurs boss to date – the pairing starred alongside each other in the 2016/17 season when Spurs pushed Chelsea for the title.
Both Lo Celso and Harper are excellent central midfielders who, at just 22 and 19 years of age respectively, could blossom into a wonderful partnership at Spurs, especially with Pochettino at the helm and his ability to improve young players.
Lo Celso has an impressive 12 goals and three assists from midfield for Betis this season, whereas Harper, despite having just one assist to his name, is a very tidy player whose dribbling and passing skills have caught the eye.
The 22-year-old Argentine could even be deemed as an upgrade on Dembele, as he possesses the ability to pick the ball up and drive towards goal, but is blessed with a more refined end product than the Belgian international ever had.
In this instance, Harper would be the more disciplined midfielder who sits and holds whilst dictating the play, whereas Lo Celso would be given more of a free role to vacate the midfield and go off in search of a goal.