By Richard Parks
Tottenham want to sign Ryan Sessegnon and Wilfried Zaha before the World Cup finals begin on 14 June, according to a report.
The Times claim Spurs are keeping close tabs on Fulham sensation Sessegnon, 17, and Crystal Palace winger Zaha, 25, as they look to reinforce their squad in the forthcoming window.
It is said that manager Mauricio Pochettino does not want a repeat of last summer when Spurs did most of their transfer business towards the end of the summer, including the deadline-day arrival of Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain.
Sessegnon was crowned the Championship player of the season on Sunday night after a brilliant campaign in which he has spearheaded Fulham’s bid for automatic promotion, scoring 14 goals in 46 matches from the left flank.
Zaha has been Palace’s most influential player, netting seven goals and four assists from 25 Premier League matches.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs have been linked with Sessegnon and Zaha in recent windows, but have stopped short of sealing deals for the pair, who have both been touted as potential £50million signings. The attacking players are at different stages of their careers – Sessegnon is just two seasons into what promises to be a pathway that takes him to the very top of the global game while Zaha is entering his peak – but have huge amounts to offer. Both play out wide and are seriously quick, with the technique, dribbling and finishing to add a new weapon to an already fearsome Spurs attack. Either would be a brilliant signing, and it would be a serious statement to get it done before mid-June.
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