Tottenham Hotspur appear to be closing in on the signing of a new striker this week as fresh reports have emerged…
According to De Telegraaf, Wolfsburg colossus Wout Weghorst may have played his final game for the club amid serious interest from the north Londoners.
They claim that Jose Mourinho wants a target man to play second fiddle to Harry Kane during a very congested season – one that sees Spurs play Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday this week.
Although he won’t come cheap. It’s thought that the Bundesliga outfit value their forward at £27m, though would be willing to receive the money in staggered instalments. CIES value him as high as €40m (£36.5m).
The 28-year-old played 41 times for Wolfsburg last season where he provided 18 goals and five assists, averaging 2.7 shots per game, via WhoScored.
He also won an average of 3.3 aerial duels per match too and this is no surprise considering he stands at a gigantic 6 foot 6 inches in height. His imposing stature has drawn comparisons to former Premier League striker Edin Dzeko.
Bundesliga.com claim “Weghorst is happy to get stuck into challenges, hold up play and – when necessary – pass to teammates in better scoring positions. The hulking striker has won over half of his challenges this season, while he has an incredible work rate.”
Mourinho has pretty much had this sort of player wherever he’s been, most notably the likes of Diego Costa at Chelsea and Karim Benzema at Real Madrid but perhaps, Weghorst is more Zlatan Ibrahimovic, than Dzeko.
Fellow Wolves striker Admir Mehmedi dubbed his teammate “so crazy” – but in a good way – claiming: “He runs a lot for the team and has a really strong mentality.”
Whilst former head coach Bruno Labbadia’s comments emphasise his impressive work rate, he added: “He runs a lot, he’s tireless.”
Mourinho had Ibra at both Inter Milan and Manchester United and whilst the pair have always had a strong relationship, it’s something the ‘Special One’ is lacking in north London.
Daniel Levy should look to complete this move, especially as Wolfsburg are fine with that £27m not being all upfront.
AND in other news, Spurs make approach for rival Premier League striker…