Sky Sports: Tottenham close in on signing as four new players lined up
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are lining up four new signings before the transfer window shuts, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their website that the north London giants are actively seeking to secure a new right-back, forward, box-to-box midfielder and back-up goalkeeper before the 1 September cut-off.
It is said that Spurs are in talks with Celta Vigo to sign central midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop after watching him for some time.
Sky report that the Premier League title hopefuls are keen to secure the signing of the Spain youth international, 20, within the coming days and most likely next week despite competing interest from Lyon.
Pape Cheikh was born in Senegal, moved to Spain at the age of 14 and joined the Celta Vigo youth system.
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He has represented Spain Under-17s and Under-19s and made his La Liga debut in December 2015, establishing his place in the first-team squad last season with 27 appearances.
Celta Vigo finished 13th and reached the Europa League semi-finals, where they were beaten by eventual winners Manchester United.
Spurs are the only Premier League club not to sign a single player this summer and Sky claim a number of their transfer targets have fallen through, including Everton’s Ross Barkley.
Football Insider verdict:
The pressure is on the Spurs top brass to strengthen a squad that appears worryingly short of numbers ahead of the new campaign. With Danny Rose going public with his fears, a stance that will surely be shared by many of his teammates, the club’s transfer policy is firmly under the microscope. The signing of a 20-year-old who Rose would surely have to Google will not cut the mustard. Proven stars are needed, as well as potential ones.
In other Tottenham transfer news, an attacking midfielder has pulled out of training at a Premier League club after Spurs tabled a player exchange offer.