So far, we’ve seen Newcastle, West Ham and Leicester City linked with Hugo Ékitiké, and now it’s Tottenham’s turn.
That’s according to RMC Sport, who explain Spurs are among a long list of clubs to have ‘positioned themselves’ for the young striker, who has eight goals to his name this season in Ligue 1 spread across 17 appearances.
He’s only got 20 games to his name for Stade de Reims at the age of 19, but that hasn’t stopped many clubs around Europe to take notice of his talent.
The problem for all the interested parties, including Tottenham, is that the Ligue 1 side are asking for a hell of a lot of money to part ways with their gem, which should be enough to deter clubs for now.
The French outlet explain that Reims want €30m up front, €10m in achievable bonuses, 25% of a future transfer fee and for him to be loaned back until the end of the season.
It’s said the club have ‘always been clear’ about this with anyone who has come forward, whether it be agents or clubs, and ‘their intention is to keep’ the player ‘until the end of the season and look at things then’.
It seems unlikely that he will move in the coming weeks at that price, with few clubs willing to take that risk midway through the campaign, but crazier things have happened in the world of football.
We’ll have to wait and see what Daniel Levy has planned, but Tottenham’s and Antonio Conte’s serious focus on the transfer window is likely to be elsewhere for now.