Tottenham Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 21
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear that new signings are not his priority this season, but it seems like Spurs are about to clinch their first deal of the summer all the same.
Other names being bandied about include Swansea duo Michel Vorm and Wilfried Bony, as well as Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku, but it seems like the majority of movement at Spurs is likely to be through the exit door.
Danny Rose, Michael Dawson and Gylfi Sigurdsson are all moving in that direction.
This article will be updated throughout the week. Be sure to check back regularly.
Spurs to Stun with Griezmann Bid?
Reliable media outlets including The Telegraph, ESPN and The Independent have all reported in recent days that Spurs have had a bid (between £14 million and £15 million) rejected for Real Sociedad's French winger Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann is reported to have a release clause of £24 million and Sociedad are refusing to accept a figure below that level.
Griezmann is a fabulously talented wide attacker. He scored 16 goals in La Liga last season (per WhoScored.com) and played an important role in France's progress to the quarter-finals at the World Cup.
If Spurs persuade Griezmann to join the club, he could form a fearsome wide duo with Erik Lamela.
Griezmann is capable of making an immediate impact in the Premier League. His pace and close control make him well-suited to English football. His unconventional role, starting on the wing and drifting inside to attack as an additional forward, makes him difficult to defend against and he would provide the penetration that Spurs have lacked since the departure of Gareth Bale.
There had been whispers from the club of one significant signing this season. Griezmann would certainly be that.
Danny Rose Moving on at Last
Rose enjoyed a successful loan spell with Sunderland in 2012 and was a regular starter last season but was rarely up to the required standard. He struggled both in attack and defence and showed little evidence of developing across the season.
If Spurs can sell Rose for the reported £6 million, they should jump at the opportunity.
Gylfi Sigurdsson Returning to South Wales
Sigurdsson has been unable to nail down a regular starting place since moving to Tottenham and has been regularly linked with an exit this summer.
The Iceland international enjoyed a successful loan spell with Swansea in 2012, and the Daily Mail's Riath Al-Samarrai is reporting that he will return to south Wales as part of the Davies deal.
Update: Morgan Schneiderlin Move Back On?
Morgan Schneiderlin's eventual departure from Southampton has been heavily speculated upon this summer, and it seems as though his destination has been narrowed down to the north London clubs.
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail is reporting that Schneiderlin would prefer to rejoin former manager Pochettino at Spurs instead of Arsenal. Spurs' "great future" has served to sway the French midfielder, he told Goal.com.
Schneiderlin has developed into a star at Southampton and was a key part of their high-energy style. Pochettino played Etienne Capoue in that role in Spurs' first pre-season friendly. Capoue will need to learn the system, but if Spurs can sign Schneiderlin, he will arrive ready to play.
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