Tottenham would be making a mistake by signing Diego Perotti

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Roma forward Diego Perotti according to Italian news outlet Sport Mediaset.

What’s the story?

The versatile 29-year-old moved to Roma in 2016 from Genoa, and has gone on to make 72 appearances for the Italian club, scoring 16 goals and assisting 17.

The Argentine international, who is capable of playing on the left-wing, as a striker or in central midfield, has struggled with injuries over his career and missed 14 Roma games last season due to various spells on the sidelines.

Perotti is valued at £18million on Transfermarkt and Tottenham have reportedly enquired about his availability, and Roma would sell him if they manage to sign Bordeaux winger Malcom.

Is he worth it?

There’s no denying Perotti’s talent and the dazzling and technically gifted forward would fit in perfectly under Mauricio Pochettino, but his injury record does pose questions.

Spurs already have a similar player in Erik Lamela who has suffered serious injuries, and with Jack Grealish increasingly looking like he will be signing, Tottenham don’t need to spend the money on Perotti.

At 29, he’s not going to get any better and Spurs would be better off nurturing Grealish who could hold down a position in the team for many years, and it would be extremely difficult for Perotti to replace the excellent Son Heung-Min from the Spurs team, with him most likely having to settle for a spot on the bench alongside Lamela and Lucas Moura.