By Tom Blackburn
Renowned Tottenham journalist Greg Stobart says Spurs proposed deal with AZ Alkmaar for Vincent Janssen will go ahead.
Football Insider reported on Thursday that the £17million deal was now set to go ahead, but there has been more than one twist in the transfer so far.
Squawka senior football writer Stobart claims there is no doubt the deal will happen even if it has stumbled a number of times.
“It’s going to happen. It’s very tense between AZ and Tottenham,” Stobart said in a video.
“They’ve been trying to get AZ to talk to them, “let’s see if we can get some add-ons, let’s sit down, we’ll fly out to Holland to talk, or speak on the phone,” but they’ve been completely ignored, not even told to go away.
“By [Janssen’s] agent they’ve been made well aware that €20m will do the deal. AZ accepted a €20m bid from West Ham and [Janssen] turned them down. He’s desperate for Tottenham.
“Tottenham expect to get it done this week. They were going to make the bid on Monday night; I haven’t heard anything since. But certainly they’re getting their ducks in a row and they want to get him in to get a good preseason.”
The impending arrival of the 22-year-old will be a huge boost to manager Mauricio Pochettino after the club lost out of to Chelsea in their pursuit of Michy Batshuayi, with the striker completing a £33million transfer on Sunday.
Janssen will cost half of Batshuayi but was the top scorer in the Dutch League this season with a virtual goal-a-game haul of 27 goals in 34 games. In all competitions, he struck 32 times in 49 matches.
Tottenham have seen off late interest in Janssen from Paris Saint-Germain to land the 22-year-old after tabling a series of bids in recent weeks.
AZ are targeting two strikers to replace the Dutchman, Wout Weghorst from Heracles and Fred Friday from Norwegian outfit Lillestrom.
Pochettino is keen to beef up the Spurs attack after Kane led the front line virtually singlehandedly in the recently completed domestic campaign.
In other Tottenham news, they have opened talks to sell their 22-year-old.