There seems to be an air of ‘Double Dutch’ surrounding Harry Redknapp and Tottenham’s alleged transfer moves this summer as Luuk de Jong is targeted, whilst Rafael van der Vaart could be heading for the White Hart Lane exit.
Redknapp is keen to strengthen his attack having missed out on Champions League qualification because of Chelsea’s dramatic penalty shoot out win over Bayern Munich, meaning Chelsea receive automatic entry into next year’s tournament and leaving Spurs to contemplate another year in the Europa League.
Whilst keeping stars such as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale will be top of the priority list for Redknapp and Daniel Levy this summer, they must strengthen their attack. Top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor has returned to parent club Manchester City and there is no word over whether he will remain at White Hart Lane or seek pastures new.
The Metro are today reporting that Spurs are lining up a move for FC Twente’s Dutch international striker Luuk de Jong, who bagged 32 goals in just 50 games for Twente this year, securing a place in Holland’s Euro 2012 squad in the process.
De Jong is just 21 and has a goal ratio of 1 every 2 games, a phenomenal record for someone so young. At 6’2″, De Jong has the physique to play the lone striker role but also the technical ability to play in Redknapp’s 4-4-1-1 system behind the striker. Because he’s so versatile along the front line, De Jong would be a great signing for Spurs and has all the tools to transition seamlessly to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, as I spoke about last week, Rafael van der Vaart could be set for a move to the Bundesliga with Schalke. Speaking to German newspaper Bild, van der Vaart said;
‘I don’t know. Actually, I want to stay at Tottenham. But in football, you never know.’
Van der Vaart didn’t really say no to a move to Schalke, but nor did he suggest that he’s ready to leave White Hart Lane. This is one that rumble on throughout the summer, but selling van der Vaart and buying De Jong gets a thumbs up from me.
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