Tottenham have held preliminary discussions over the potential signing of Demarai Gray from Leicester.
That is according to a report from Football Insider, which added that Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has personally spoken to the Foxes winger in an attempt to persuade him to sign for the north London club.
The report added that the 24-year-old could be open to an exit from the King Power Stadium, while Leicester could be willing to sell him as he is in the final year of his current contract.
Despite Leicester finishing an impressive fifth in last season’s Premier League, the 2019/20 campaign was a largely frustrating one for Gray, who started just three league games for Brendan Rodgers’ side. He found himself restricted to 607 minutes of top-flight football last term, with two goals and three assists to his name, having managed four goals in the previous campaign (as per TransferMarkt).
While he was used mainly on the right flank last season, the 24-year-old has been a left winger for most of his career so far. If Mourinho has it in his mind to play him on that side, he would be competing with Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn for a place in the starting XI.
The Spurs duo were more prolific than Gray during the 2019/20 campaign, with Son helping himself to 18 goals in all competitions and January arrival Bergwijn scoring three Premier League goals in just 14 appearances, following on from six goals and 13 assists for PSV Eindhoven earlier in the season (as per TransferMarkt).
Tottenham’s left wingers also have the edge on the Leicester man for other attacking metrics. Son averaged 2.7 shots, 1.4 key passes and 2.1 successful dribbles per game last term, with Bergwijn recording match averages of 0.6 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.6 successful dribbles for Spurs.
Gray’s averages for these metrics were 1.1 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.5 successful dribbles per game, so while he had more shots per game than the Dutchman, he still scored fewer goals.
Valued at £13.05m by TransferMarkt, Gray is unlikely to cost a king’s ransom, particularly with Leicester possibly open to selling him this summer rather than risk losing him on a free next year.
Would Demarai Gray be a good signing for Tottenham?
However, the 24-year-old doesn’t seem to be an upgrade on Son and Bergwijn and, with Mourinho having to operate on a restricted transfer budget in this window, it would appear that his money would be better spent on players other than the Foxes winger.
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