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Spurs could find new Mousa Dembele in Gini Wijnaldum

Tottenham Hotspur could look to secure Georginio Wijnaldum in a deal that would see Tanguy Ndombele go in the other direction…

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That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim that former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring the £55m flop to Paris Saint-Germain on loan, with the ex-Liverpool star thought to be part of the discussions.

90min have since reported that the Dutch midfielder would be keen on a temporary return to the Premier League and it’s believed his representatives have made that clear to the Lilywhites’ hierarchy.

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Wijnaldum nearly joined Spurs in 2016 but opted for a move to Anfield from Newcastle United instead.

The 31-year-old is now valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt after his high profile free transfer to the Ligue 1 giants during the summer.

Dembele 2.0

With a number of midfielders seemingly on the chopping block in north London – Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli could join Ndombele in departing – it makes sense to see Spurs target a new signing in the role.

Wijnaldum’s vast experience across the Premier League and Champions League would make him a very astute signing, even despite his lack of game time at the Parcs des Princes this campaign.

The midfield veteran has managed only 977 minutes in the league so far but has a winners medal in both the aforementioned competitions, where he has played in over 250 matches.

In the past, Reds supporters have likened the Holland international to that of former Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele, due to the pair being somewhat an “unsung hero” in their respective sides at one point in the past.

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Wijnaldum’s energy and athleticism make him a hard man to dispossess in the engine room, which merely draws further similarities between the pair.

“He’s an incredible person.  His energy is incredible, he has lungs for days. You can tell when he has the confidence, he’s really unbeatable and very hard to play against,” ex-Liverpool forward Ryan Babel once said of his fellow countryman.


Once dubbed a “machine” by The Athletic’s James Pearce, the box-to-box dynamo has averaged 1.7 attempted tackles, two dribbles and 0.9 key passes per 90 minutes throughout the course of his career, via WhoScored, making him a very intriguing option under Antonio Conte indeed.

Spurs could well find their new Dembele in a move for Wijnaldum this month.

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