Report: Tottenham to reignite pursuit of international in January, Levy wants winter deal
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are interested in a January move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, according to a report.
Spanish publication Marca claim that Spurs are keen on bringing Isco to White Hart Lane in January and that manager Maurico Pochettino is a big admirer of him.
The report details that Spurs could struggle to secure a deal because of the troubled relationship between the club’s chairman Daniel Levy and Real.
Levy and Madrid have a chequered past given the difficulties in negotiating the transfers of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu in recent years.
Spurs have already shown their interest in Isco and Pochettino personally phoned the Spanish playmaker to enquire about his services during the recent window.
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Marca claim Levy is keen on thrashing out an agreement in January because he believes there will be less competition for the Spain international’s services.
Isco, 24, has fallen down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane and star players such as Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos are preferred choices.
Spurs could be able to offer him first-team football and he could be tempted for his fist taste of English football.
Isco announced himself on the European stage during his Malaga spell and eventually caught the eye of giants Madrid.
In just 84 appearances he scored 17 goals and supplied 12 assists from midfield.
Since his £25million signing from Malaga in 2013 he has made 154 appearances for Real and scored 22 goals across all competitions.
Spurs have started the season in great form and are just a point behind league leaders Manchester City in the Premier Leauge, after beating them 2-0 last weekend at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino’s side are now being considered as serious title contenders and the capture of Isco could propel them to the top.
In other Tottenham transfer news, their key player has revealed his wish to quit the club.