Exclusive: Huge potential Spurs coup claim amid link with £90m-valued Bundesliga star
Darren Bent has urged Tottenham to go all out to try and sign Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz after his manager suggested he would be on the move.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims the 20-year-old attacking midfielder could be the “perfect” signing to bolster the Lilywhites’ attack this summer.
Goal report that Tottenham are one of several high-profile sides chasing the seven-cap Germany international this summer after his dazzling displays this season.
Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad in March, Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz admitted he would not be able to keep Havertz at the BayArena this summer, although he slapped an £89.5million-plus (€100million) price tag on his head.
Former Germany international Jens Nowotny, speaking to Goal and SPOX, has since suggested that Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is one of a few coaches who could take the attacking midfielder “further” in his development.
Despite there being a host of attacking options already at Tottenham, Bent believes that the German playmaker would be an ideal capture for the north Londoners.
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Bent told Football Insider: “He’s a very good player and he’s linked with a lot of big clubs around the world so if you can steal him, then what a coup that would be for your club. If you can get top players like that, you go and get them.
“His favoured position is a number 10 so that would be perfect because you’re talking about him, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son – I think that would work really, really well.
“At times, I know all teams have a transfer structure where they might go: ‘We need defenders, we need midfielders,’ whatever it may be but sometimes little curveballs get thrown in.
“When a player of such quality all of a sudden gets thrown into the market, you’ve got to rip that transfer sheet up and go: ‘He’s the best player available, we’ve got to take him.'”
Havertz has been a constant threat for Leverkusen this season, scoring 12 goals and contributing eight assists across all competitions.
He enjoyed a successful return to action as the Bundesliga resumed last weekend, netting twice in a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen on Monday.
In other Tottenham news, Mourinho has been tipped to sell an “arrogant” 27-year-old this summer.