Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the sale of their Spanish winger Iago Falque to Serie A side Genoa, per both clubs' official Twitter feeds:
We have reached agreement with Italian side Genoa for the transfer of Yago Falque.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 1, 2014
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports a £4 million transfer fee for the attacking midfielder, with new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino supposedly deeming the player surplus to requirements.
The 24-year-old made just one Premier League appearance for Spurs after making the permanent move to north London from Juventus in January 2012.
He spent last season out on loan at La Liga side Rayo Vallecano, making 28 appearances in the Spanish top-flight and scoring three times while providing two assists, per WhoScored.com.
As Opta's Raj Bains points out, Falque was always likely to be sold despite a relatively impressive turn in Spain:
I quite like Iago Falque, had a really good season at Rayo under the brilliant Paco Jémez that I saw a fair bit of. Still likely to be sold.— Raj Bains (@BainsXIII) July 27, 2014
The move comes on the back of centre-back Eric Dier's arrival at White Hart Lane for a reportedly similar price and represents decent business both financially and tactically. Spurs have problems in the centre of defence but are well set in the attacking midfield roles, per FourFourTwo's Chris Miller:
Yago Falque moving on and Eric Dier coming in for roughly the same price is an absolutely terrific piece of business. #THFC— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) July 31, 2014
The Huffington Post's Samuel Luckhurst also seems suitably impressed with the deal, complimenting the acumen of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy:
Have never heard of Iago Falque yet Tottenham have sold him for £4m. Almost worth putting up with Levy when he sells that well.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) August 1, 2014
Indeed, the north London outfit seem to be carrying out much more sensible transfer business this summer after last year's debacle, when they seemed to panic-buy after selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for approximately £80 million.
Falque is the fourth player to leave White Hart Lane this summer following the departures of Jake Livermore, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Heurelho Gomes, as Pochettino attempts to shape his new squad ahead of the start of the Premier League season.
Reports continue to circulate that the Argentinian manager wants to raid his former club Southampton for striker Jay Rodriguez, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and defender Jose Fonte, per Ben McAleer in the Huffington Post.
While Southampton seem understandably eager to hang on to the trio given the alarming exodus they have seen this summer, Schneiderlin looks a genuine possibility as he seems unhappy on the south coast.
Either way, the sale of Falque is an astute piece of business given he was unlikely to play a major role for Spurs next season and Pochettino and Levy are now set to bring more players into the club.