Darren Bent insists Schalke star Weston McKennie would be a “very Spursy signing” for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England striker believes McKennie’s market value makes it a ‘very doable’ deal for Daniel Levy.
The American is set to move away from Schalke as they are struggling to cope with economic pressures.
Bent claims McKennie could slot straight into the Spurs squad and believes he could be a real bargain.
The player-turned-pundit told assistant editor Russell Edge “it’s cheap enough for them to do it as well. We know the Coronavirus has hit people hard, we understand that, but at the same time he is a very Spursy signing, very, very Spursy.
“The money’s got to be right and at £20 million, you’d think it’s not that much, especially in today’s market. In today’s modern football and the transfer market, that’s not too much money, it’s very doable.”
It is hard to argue with Bent here, as McKennie has become a mainstay for the Miners, making over 91 appearances for the German club so far.
Despite his young age, the 21-year-old has impressed at the VELTINS-Arena, playing 28 games in the Bundesliga for David Wagner’s side this season, scoring 3 goals, making 1.4 tackles per game, averaging 1.6 interceptions, and completing 1.3 clearances on average (via WhoScored).
A versatile player who has won 19 caps for his country, the USA international can start at the heart of the defence or the midfield.
It is no secret that the Lilywhites have leaked goals for fun throughout the season, as they have conceded more goals than Manchester United and Premier League champions Liverpool amongst others.
While Spurs seem to have turned things around for now, Jose Mourinho will be determined to stem the flow once and for all.
McKennie, who is a box-to-box midfielder, has shown he has more than one string to his bow, as he has demonstrated an attacking edge to his playing style, taking 1.1 shots per game, as well as being an indirect set-piece threat.
At a mere £20m, he could be a steal in the summer, as it is worth remembering Spurs spent a club record fee worth £55m to sign Tanguy Ndombele last year.
As is often the case with Spurs, there is an added catch, as it seems as though Levy will have a transfer battle on his hands.
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