Tottenham Hotspur are said to be amongst several teams plotting a move for relegated Schalke 04 star Matthew Hoppe this summer.
That’s according to 90min, who claimed last week that the 2.Bundesliga outfit are bracing themselves for bids from a number of Premier League sides, including Spurs, Southampton and Newcastle United.
Since the arrival of Nuno Santo in North London, they have been linked to an array of strikers and that should come as no surprise as it seems as if the newly-appointed Portuguese is ready to deploy a two-man attack in N17.
Therefore, Fabio Paratici and the rest of the club’s recruitment staff will need to work hard to find someone to partner Harry Kane besides Heung-min Son, who could still play a pivotal role out wide.
Schalke are facing plenty of financial problems and that has worsened since their relegation from the German top-flight, which could work in favour of Spurs driving up a decent bargain, especially as it’s been a difficult year off the pitch in London, too.
It remains to be seen just how much Hoppe would command, with Transfermarkt valuing the American at just £4.05m.
Despite all of their struggles at the Veltins-Arena last season, it was still a breakthrough year for the young 20-year-old forward as he provided seven goals and two assists in all competitions.
A hat-trick and a Man of the Match display against Hoffenheim in Matchday 15 drew particularly high praise, so much so that he was likened to Robert Lewandowski by Bundesliga.com.
‘Tall and lithe but with a strong frame, the American has a knack of losing his marker at just the right time, his clever movement creating pockets of space inside the penalty area,’ they wrote before going on to laud his overall progression.
Hoppe has also impressed former Spurs boss Christian Gross, who waxed lyrical about his ex-striker, via the same website. He said:
“He’s a boy who’s unbelievably ambitious, has tremendous commitment and only thinks about Schalke. He wants to do whatever it takes to get us out of this situation. He really is a model professional. Even though he’s still very young, he doesn’t shy away from working extremely hard. Of course, he’s still very young and still has lots to learn in order to become a top-rate finisher, but we’re working on that.”
Lewandowski is indeed one striker that the American gem has looked up to, as is Kane, so he may well be an ideal fit in North London right off the bat.
If Nuno and Paratici want a cheap solution to their striking needs, then they must look to pounce on the financially struggling German side.
Hoppe could be a very smart and effective option under the right management.
AND in other news, Paratici closing in on his first summer signing at Spurs…