West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have had starkly contrasting summer windows so far as the Hammers have brought 7 new players to the club whilst the Lilywhites are yet to venture into the market, despite relentless reports linking them with a host of quality players.
Tottenham’s activity may well depend on a handful of potential outgoing deals for the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele, but the clock is ticking for the club with little time remaining before the new season gets underway.
One of the main areas which Tottenham are reportedly interested in strengthening concerns their options at centre-forward; following the disappointing stints of both Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente in north London, Pochettino is eager to adopt a different approach to signing a backup striker.
That approach is, of course, to sign a versatile attacking player whom is capable of operating in a classic number 9 role and within a multitude of other attacking roles.
Anthony Martial has been widely identified as a player who fits the aforementioned description, but a recent report from Germany regarding Yoshinori Muto should put Spurs on high alert.
According to the German media outlet Bild, West Ham and Newcastle United are interested in signing Muto this summer, with Mainz demanding 20 million euros (£18 million for his services).
The 26-year-old versatile attacking player is a number 9 by trade, but he has demonstrated plenty of quality whilst operating in both an inside-left and number ten role during his career so far.
The above infographic shows that Muto contributed at least 1 goal for every 3 appearances he made in the Bundesliga last season and provided at least 1 key pass for every 2 appearances and, considering his club were battling relegation last season, that record is only likely to improve at title-chasing Tottenham.
West Ham’s interest is rather surprising at first glance considering the array of talent they have signed already this summer but, with Jordan Hugill failing to impress in his career so far and Andy Carroll injury-prone as ever, it’s likely that Pellegrini is eager to another striker to challenge Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic – who could revert to his natural left-wing position under the new boss – for a place in the starting eleven next season.
But considering Muto is available for just £18 million, Daniel Levy could secure the services of an attacker who fits the description they have been seeking all summer at a snip of the price Man United would demand for Martial.
Although he is not quite as enticing a prospect as Martial, there’s no doubt that his attractive price-tag could tempt Tottenham into signing a cut-price alternative at the expense of their London-rival before the window slams shut.
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