Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign Jeremy Doku, according to reports…
French outlet Jeunes Footeux claim that Spurs have set their sights on a potential move for the Rennes winger and he is of great interest to Nuno Santo.
The 19-year-old gem has regularly been linked to Premier League rivals Liverpool, where manager Jurgen Klopp sees him as the perfect heir to Sadio Mane.
It remains to be seen whether the Ligue 1 outfit will let a key player leave so close to the end of the transfer window, though it’s thought they could be tempted into a sale for a fee of around €50m (£43m).
As evident in the report, Doku’s profile has clearly caught the attention of the Portuguese in north London and with Lucas Moura his only true right-sided option in attack, it’s no surprise that Spurs could make a move for him.
It’s a role that is crucial to Nuno’s system, as seen up at Wolves, where he had the powerful, explosive exploits of Adama Traore. He’s another player that has been linked to Spurs in recent days, so perhaps a new attacker is now on the agenda.
However, according to the Telegraph, the Spaniard is not for sale this window.
If the Lilywhites were to switch their attention to the emerging Belgian sensation, then Nuno may well find his next Traore anyway.
Doku possesses the exact same qualities as the Molineux star.
As per WhoScored, the £60m-rated dynamo completed 3.7 dribbles per outing last season, on top of 1.4 key passes, whilst his league rival, Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, lauded his speed to France Football.
“Recently, I was speaking with my father about a player who impressed me because of his speed qualities, that is (Jeremy) Doku, at Rennes. In 5 years as a professional, I have never seen someone from a standing start demonstrate so much power.”
Last season under Nuno, Traore managed more dribbles per game (4.1) than any other player and was lauded as a “machine” by BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand (via the Birmingham Mail) as he’s “powerful and quick” and can scare defenders.
The similarities between the two players are quite clear. Spurs’ sporting director Fabio Paratici could well secure Nuno his new Traore by launching a bid for the Rennes hotshot.
Doku has also received praise from one of the Premier League’s best players, Kevin De Bruyne, who described his fellow countryman as a “diamond in the rough.”
Spurs must look to secure the Belgian before Tuesday’s deadline.