By Laura O’Leary
Tottenham are competing to sign Athletic Bilbao striker Gorka Guruzeta who is available to move without a transfer fee, with his contract expiring in the summer, according to a report.
The Sun reports that Tottenham, along with Chelsea and Arsenal, are sending scouts to watch the 21-year-old play against Manchester U-23s on Tuesday.
If Spurs were successful in acquiring the youngster’s signature, Athletic Bilbao would be entitled to compensation but it won’t be close to what he is currently estimated to be worth.
The report claims that Mauricio Pochettino is hoping that former Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente can help swing the deal their way.
Guruzeta is currently playing his football in the lower tiers of the Spanish game, appearing for Bilbao’s feeder team.
In the 14 appearance he has made this season he has scored six goals.
Football Insider Verdict
With his contract expiring, this seems like too good a deal for Tottenham to pass up on. The striker must has showcased enough ability to attract not just one Premier League club but three, which is impressive considering he is only 21-years-old. The risk factor in the deal is much lower than another youth signing due to the contract situation, and whoever signs him will no doubt give him a long deal to stop him moving so cheaply again. Mauricio Pochettino is able get the best out of young players, so the player maybe tempted to move to Spurs ahead of other teams due to the manager’s excellent reputation. Perhaps Llorente can help out here where he’s been unable to bang the goals in on the pitch.
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