By Russell Edge
Tottenham are set to make a January move for Barcelona’s Andre Gomes after a summer move for the midfielder failed, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the Portuguese playmaker looked destined for a move to Spurs on transfer deadline day, but ultimately the deal never went through.
However despite that initial failure, the report states that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are going to reignite the move and secure his services in January.
Gomes, a 27-time-cap Portugal international, arrived at Barcelona from fellow La Liga side Valencia, but despite possessing a brilliant natural passing ability, he has struggled to establish himself as a first team at the Nou Camp.
He has made 53 appearances his time with the Catalan giants, six of those coming this season, although just one was in the starting XI, and is contracted at the club until 2021.
Football Insider verdict
Having made a late move for the Barcelona fringe man during the summer, it appears that his lack of appearances has done nothing to put Mauricio Pochettino off the 24-year-old. In reality, it might work in Tottenham’s favour, as they look to secure the best possible price for the international midfielder. Whether the pass master is needed at Spurs is another question though. Pochettino already has a whole host of options in the centre of the park at his disposal, despite the early season injury crisis. What would Gomes’ arrival mean for the likes of Harry Winks, whose game time as a result of Victor Wanyama’s and Mousa Dembele’s absences saw him make his England debut? It would be a questionable move, and not necessarily one in the club’s best interests.
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