In Focus: Signing Jean-Michael Seri would help Tottenham adapt to Wembley

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur have made an enquiry for £35m-rated Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri but they could face competition from a number of clubs for his signature, including arch-rivals Arsenal.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is looking to strengthen his squad this summer in order to challenge for the Premier League title for the third season running – as well as making progress in the Champions League – and he is said to be interested in Seri, who was a standout performer in Ligue 1 last season.

However, the Gunners – along with AS Roma, Barcelona and Beijing Guoan – have all shown interest in the 25-year-old.

Roma had a £20m bid rejected last week with the French side only willing to sell if the player’s £35m release clause is met.

How good was he this season?

He was exceptional.

The 25-year-old helped Nice secure a third-place finish in Ligue 1 by scoring seven goals and providing a further nine assists in 34 appearances, despite either playing in defensive or central midfield.

What type of player is he?

The Ivory Coast international is a box-to-box player who is equally comfortable defending as he is attacking – as shown by his impressive stats.

In the current Spurs side he is probably most similar in style to Dembele, but physically is more in the mould of N’Golo Kante.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

From his showings last season, he certainly would be.

Spurs will need more depth to their squad if they are to make an impact in all competitions, and they will also need some more energy in the centre of midfield as they will be playing their home matches at Wembley – on a bigger pitch – next term.

Seri would provide that, as well as the ability to pick up assists from deeper positions.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Tottenham look to face a battle with a number of clubs to sign Seri this summer, but they could also provide him with the best chance of playing regular first team football.

Because of the energy and box-to-box style he has, he could be a hugely useful addition in what could prove to be a difficult season for Spurs at Wembley.