Tottenham Hotspur are set to launch a bid for one of their key EFL targets this week, according to fresh reports…
Football Insider claim Spurs are poised to submit an offer of around £13m for Swansea City centre-back Joe Rodon and will also allow him to remain at the Championship outfit in the hope of clinching him before the October 16th deadline.
The north Londoners appear to be battling West Ham for the 22-year-old’s signature. It’s also thought that the Welsh international, who played against England on Thursday evening, is keen to make the step up.
Swansea are thought to want around £15m to let their key man depart.
Rodon could well be a massive upgrade in more ways than one.
Standing at 6 foot 4 inches tall, he’s more of a colossal presence at the back than any of Jose Mourinho’s current options and that’s reinforced by the number of aerial duels won this campaign.
Davinson Sanchez leads the way for Spurs’ centre-backs, averaging 3.7 per game but this is merely dwarfed by the Swans’ sensation, who is managing a whopping 5.3 aerials won each outing this campaign.
It doesn’t stop there either, Rodon is averaging more clearances (7.8) than any of the Spurs squad and even more interceptions (2.3) than what Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (one) or Eric Dier (one) can muster up.
Rodon has been lauded as many things during his meteoric rise in Wales, ranging from The Athletic dubbing him “one of the brightest prospects in the Championship” to his manager Steve Cooper claiming that he’s “destined for the top”.
Sky Sports have even claimed he’s a “special talent” who bears similarities to both Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.
Spurs’ current first-choice option Sanchez has looked particularly poor next to Dier this campaign, failing to record above a 6.78 rating whilst in the past Ferdinand himself has slammed the £42m man’s defending – not a good look at all.
They may well have to wait until next summer to get him fully, but Rodon would be an upgrade to Mourinho’s current options and certainly one for the future.
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