By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have opened talks with AZ Alkmaar about a deal to sign striker Vincent Janssen, according to a report.
The Holland striker is on the London club’s shortlist of striker targets as they press ahead with plans to strengthen their attack this summer.
The Mirror claim Spurs have begun negotiations with the Dutch club about a £12million deal and that a meeting has already taken place in London.
Janssen is being closely monitored on the back of his performances for club and country after an outstanding 2015-16 campaign.
The 21-year-old was the top scorer in the Dutch League this season with 27 goals in 34 games, and struck 32 times in 49 matches in all competitions.
The Holland spearhead has also scored three goals in five international appearances. He netted the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Austria on Saturday.
Arsenal, Everton, Southampton, West Brom and Sunderland also had representatives at that game, with the likes of Ajax midfielder Riechedly Bazoer also being watched closely.
Janssen has made it clear that he wants to play in the Premier League and is open to the possibility of a transfer this summer.
“I want to make a step, that is clear, but there is no white smoke just now,” Janssen said, as quoted by the Mirror. “England? We will see. Maybe something will happen in the holidays. I will take my phone with me anyway.”
Mauricio Pochettino is keen to beef up the Spurs attack after Harry Kane led the front line virtually singlehandedly in the recently completed domestic campaign.
As revealed by Football Insider, Marseille spearhead Michy Batshuay is the No1 target after being extensively scouted by Pochettino’s recruitment team this season.
In other Tottenham transfer news, another White Hart Lane attacker is set to be sold this summer after a decision by Pochettino.