Tottenham step up long-term hunt for Euro speed machine - report
By Russell Edge
Tottenham are looking at making a move for PSV Eindhoven attacker Steven Bergwijn, according to a report.
The Mirror claim on their website that Spurs have been tracking the 20-year-old winger alongside Premier League rivals West Ham and Bournemouth, although it is said that the North London club are stepping up interest after monitoring his progress long-term.
The pacy forward, who is able to operate on either flank, is already an established member of the PSV squad, having made 52 appearances for the Dutch side having come through their youth ranks after a move from Ajax back in 2011.
Contracted at the club until 2021, he has appeared in all seven of the club’s league matches this season, scoring twice and laying his team mate up for another assist.
He also has eight appearances for the Netherlands’ under-21 side, with the Mirror claiming he is set for a move to the senior side after they failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer.
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It should come as no surprise that Tottenham are interested in one of Europe’s top talents after the breakthroughs of Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Mauricio Pochettino is already establishing a reputation of being one of the best coaches in the development of young talent, and Bergwijn will no doubt consider that if Spurs do make an approach. However, as fans will well know, imports from the Netherlands have not always lived up to expectation. For every Ruud van Nistelrooy, there has been an Afonso Alves, and that is something that Pochettino must take into consideration. Still, if the speed machine comes over to England sooner rather than later, it will give him more chance to grow accustomed to the style of play, and give Spurs a dangerous asset for years to come.
In other Tottenham news, the club are set to break a Premier League record this weekend.