Tottenham: Spurs reignite interest in Perr Schuurs transfer
Tottenham Hotspur have now reignited their interest in signing Torino defender Perr Schuurs, according to a report.
The Lowdown: Tottenham eyeing defender
Tottenham were linked with several defenders in the January transfer window, with Antonio Conte‘s current options in defence underperforming in the first half of the season.
Eric Dier and Clement Lenglet both received criticism for their displays, leading to the likes of Milan Skriniar and Piero Hincapie being touted for moves, but in the end Spurs chose to hold off on bringing in a new centre-back.
The Latest: Schuurs interest reignited
According to a report from TuttoSport (via Sport Witness), Conte wanted to sign Schuurs from Ajax last summer, but he turned them down in favour of a move to Torino.
However, the north London club are said to have carried out new polls for their old target, who could cost around €50m (£44m) in a deal this summer.
The Verdict: Get it done?
Hailed as a ‘leader’ by former Manchester City goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus (via Tribal Football), there is some indication that the 23-year-old would be an upgrade on the current options in the Tottenham defence.
The Dutchman has averaged more tackles and aerials won per 90 than both Lenglet and Dier over the past year, while he has also shown that he can be a threat in the opposition penalty area, ranking in the 99th percentile for assists compared to other centre-backs in Europe’s top leagues.
Spurs will no doubt be in need of a new centre-back in the summer, given Lenglet’s performances make it unlikely that Conte will have any intention to make his loan stay permanent, and Schuurs, who has been likened to Virgil van Dijk, would be a very good acquisition.