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Spurs: Fabio Paratici eyeing Dan Neil move

Tottenham Hotspur are plotting a bid to bring Dan Neil to north London in the summer transfer window.

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That’s according to Pete O’Rourke, with the transfer insider revealing in a recent post on Twitter that Fabio Paratici is eyeing a move for the Sunderland midfielder at the end of the current campaign.

However, the journalist added that the 20-year-old is also attracting the attention of Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion.

In his tweet, O’Rourke said: “Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Brighton are eyeing moves for Sunderland star Dan Neil.”

He’s a young Paul Gascoigne

Considering just how much potential Neil possesses, it is easy to see why Spurs would be interested in a move for the England under-20 international this summer.

Indeed, over his 39 League One appearances this season, the youngster has impressed in the middle of the park, scoring three goals, registering seven assists and creating seven big chances for his team-mates, along with averaging 0.7 shots and 1.1 key passes per game.

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The £1.4k-per-week midfield talent has also stood out in metrics more typical of his position, making 0.5 interceptions, 1.2 tackles and 0.5 tackles and winning 3.5 duels per match.

These returns have seen the 20-year-old average an impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.83, ranking him as the Black Cats’ joint 13th-best player in the league as he played a crucial role in the club’s push to secure a play-off semi-final spot.

Furthermore, former Sunderland manager Lee Johnson appeared particularly excited about the midfielder’s future in the game, stating of Neil shortly after the youngster put pen to paper on a new deal at the Stadium of Light: “You can see and feel the passion that he has got for Sunderland when you are coaching him, and he’s a great kid and a really good football player with bags of potential, and we’ll try and hone that as quickly as possibly.

“He’s technically a very good player, you can see the way he manipulates the ball, and I think he has added another dimension to his game in being able to drop and drive, as we call it, and receive the ball and commit players.

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“He’s got that lovely dribbling technique, a little bit like a young Paul Gascoigne almost in the way he sort of hops and drags it at the same time which, as a defender, makes it very difficult to commit because as soon as you do, he’s got the ability to skip by you.”

As such, it is clear to see just how exciting a talent Neil is, leading us to believe that Paratici sealing a deal for the 20-year-old this summer would be yet another masterclass by the Italian sporting director.

AND in other news – “Made contact”: Paratici in talks for Spurs’ first summer signing, Conte would love him

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