By Will Butcher
Tottenham scouts were in attendance on Wednesday night to watch Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout play for St. Etienne, according to a report.
French publication Evect claim that the 23-year-old was watched by Spurs during the 1-0 loss to Manchester United, as he went up against Paul Pogba in the middle of the park.
The report claims that Tottenham were also interested in Veretout back in 2015, before the midfielder opted to join Midlands outfit Aston Villa from Ligue 1 side Nantes.
The Frenchman had a disappointing campaign at Villa Park and was part of a team that got demoted from the Premier League in wretched circumstances.
Veretout joined St Etienne on a season-long loan last summer and it remains to be seen whether he will return to his parent club at the end of the campaign.
Villa manager Steve Bruce brought in three central midfielders in January in Conor Hourihane, Birkir Bjarnason and Henri Lansbury, with Veretout seemingly not in his plans.
That could mean Spurs will look to swoop for the France Under-21’s international, as he continues to shine in his home country.
During his 31 league and cup appearances, the midfielder has had a hand in six goals as well as helping St. Etienne keep 13 clean sheets.
Scoring three goals, Veretout has also laid on another three strikes in assists, and that form could tempt Mauricio Pochettino into offering him a second crack at the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
Tottenham could do with another addition in the middle of the park, with Eric Dier reverting to the heart of defence instead of playing in last season’s holding midfield role. That leaves just Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama and academy product Harry Winks as Pochettino’s midfield options, and could see the Argentine boss enter the summer market for depth. However, a move for Veretout should be forgotten after the Frenchman’s dismal form in the Premier League contributed to Villa’s downfall during the 2015-16 season, as they earned only 17 top-flight points. Although in form, it seems Veretout can only produce his best form in his home country. Pochettino should see Veretout as a last resort, and give the market a good looking over before moving for St. Etienne’s number 14.
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