Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has claimed that both Achraf Hakimi and Josko Gvardiol would be ‘statement signings’ in January.
The Lowdown: Big-name targets
As per The Athletic, RB Leipzig’s Gvardiol and PSG’s Hakimi are potential big-name targets for Spurs ahead of the January transfer window.
The Latest: ‘Statement signings’
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson has claimed that both Gvardiol and Hakimi would be ‘statement signings’ in January, as it would show a ‘level of intent’:
“Gvardiol and Hakimi would be statement signings.
“That would show a level of intent a bit like when they signed Richarlison. Spurs did not fish around for a bargain, they went out and signed a tried and tested star. Everyone stood up and took notice.
“That would be the case if Spurs signed Gvardiol or Hakimi. It would send out the right message.
“I would love to see them both at Tottenham, Hakimi especially. He would bring so much to the team in the system Conte plays. It is well known that they need a better right wing-back and there are not many better out there than Hakimi.”
The Verdict: Unlikely?
Gvardiol and Hakimi have become such big names in world football following their success at the FIFA World in Qatar with Croatia and Morocco respectively, and with the Lilywhites just holding onto fourth spot in the Premier League table at the moment, it seems unlikely that they would be able to persuade both of them to join in January.
Gvardiol is also reportedly been courted by the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid, while Hakimi will surely be eyeing a potential first UEFA Champions League win with PSG at the end of the season.
On just £19,000-per-week at Leipzig, Gvardiol would perhaps be the easier player to lure, given Hakimi’s astronomical £247,000-per-week wages, but the North London club would do very well to even sign just one of them once the window opens.
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