Scouts deployed: Tottenham in pursuit of Champions League defender
By Danny Wright
Tottenham are in the race for the signature of Olympiakos defender Panagiotis Restos, according to a report.
Greek news outlet SDNA reported that Spurs deployed their scouts to cast their rule over the 18-year-old as he starred in their Champions League qualifier against Partizan Belgrade last week.
Restos’ side were held to a 2-2 draw by the Serbian giants, but they still managed to qualify for the play-off round after winning the first leg 3-1 in Belgrade.
It is understood that Bundesliga heavyweights Bayer Leverkusen are also in pursuit of the Greece youth international and could table a bid before the summer transfer window slams shut in a few weeks’ time.
Tottenham are yet to sign anyone this summer, but Restos isn’t the first young centre-back that the London club have been liked with.
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Sky Sports reported in July that Spurs had pulled themselves out of the race for promising Argentinian defender Juan Foyth after failing to submit to his £8million asking price.
Olympiakos’ Restos is a player who has a lot more experience of first-team football that Foyth, having already established himself as a key defender in the heart of the Greek side’s defence.
He featured 37 times across all competitions last season as his side won the league title.
Football Insider Verdict
As well as playing at centre-back, Restos is a very versatile defender who can play on the left or right-hand side of a back-four, meaning that he would be a perfect addition to Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics at Spurs. He’s also able to play in a holding midfield, adding to the versatility. That means Restos could be a very useful squad player if Tottenham were to sign him up this summer, and given that role at his age means that he could flourish into a useful member of the first-team within a few years. Tottenham have a lot of money to spend this summer after failing to sign up anyone since last season ended while many have left the club. Pochettino still needs a back-up striker and someone to provide competition to the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.