By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham are eyeing a loan-to-buy deal for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Spurs are considering taking the 24-year-old from the San Siro to White Hart Lane in January.
It is stated that the north London club want to initially bring him on loan with a view to making the deal permanent for £12.5million in the summer.
It is reported that the midfielder is currently unhappy with Inter’s 11th placed position in Serie A and he could be looking for an escape.
The 20-time capped Croatia international still has five years left on his contract at the Italian giants.
Brozovic has featured in 11 games for Stefano Pioli’s side this season with a return of one goal and two assists.
He is usually deployed as a box-to-box midfielder and Mauricio Pochettino could be looking to add a goal threat to his side.
The north London outfit are currently positioned in fifth place in the league after suffering a 1-0 defeat against Manchester United on Sunday.
They sit three points behind Manchester City in fourth and Pochettino will now be drafting up a list of targets who he believes can help to improve last season’s third place finish.
Football Insider Verdict:
Brozovic is still young at 24, but brings with him a wealth of international and European experience having played for Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb before Inter. Spurs need more strength in depth in the midfield areas and Brozovic would be seen as a better option to have in the team than the more limited midfielder Eric Dier. A cost of £12.5million is not too much for a Premier League side to shell out in the modern era and Spurs should look to secure Brozovic in January in order to strengthen the team for the second half of the campaign.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs are bracing themselves for a bid for their £10million-rated outcast.