Odds slashed: Tottenham 1/20 to sign speed machine
By Harry Sykes
The odds on Tottenham signing Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier have been slashed by bookmakers to 1/20.
Sky Bet priced Spurs as overwhelming favourites on Tuesday evening to land the defender before the transfer window shuts on Thursday night.
The next best-priced club is Manchester United, who are a distant 14/1, while Juventus come in at 20/1.
The odds on Tottenham signing Aurier have dropped since Saturday evening, when they were an already highly likely 1/10.
This comes after widespread reports that Aurier has already passed a medical at Tottenham ahead of completing a £23million move.
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But it is said that a deal is not yet done as the defender requires special paperwork to enter the country, pending a decision being made public about his appeal against an assault conviction.
L’Equipe report that Aurier will complete a move to White Hart Lane if he can officially prove he appealed against a convertible two-month prison sentence.
Football Insider verdict:
Despite the drop in odds, there remains some doubt as to whether Spurs can push this deal over the line. Daniel Levy is clearly doing all he can to overcome the red tape and legal hurdles blocking the transfer of a player who is ideally suited to the three-man centre-back system Mauricio Pochettino appears to have in mind this season. Like Kyle Walker, Aurier’s game is based upon explosive speed and the ability to surge up and down the right flank. He is a huge attacking asset and has the pace to recover quickly when he is caught upfield. The Ivory Coast international is entering his peak years and can take Spurs to the next level.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have made a stunning late attempt to ambush a Liverpool mega-money signing.