Tottenham are reported to be looking to Belgium to strengthen the team for next season. With two Belgian internationals, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele, already on their books Spurs are considering moves for two more with a third possible signing being based in the country.
The news of Tottenham’s interest in Aston Villa’s Belgian international striker, Christian Benteke, has been well documented in the press since the end of the season. The striker’s decision to submit a transfer request has only increased this speculation further. It has been reported that Villa are looking for a fee of £25million but the Mirror reports that Spurs are reluctant to deal at such a price, hoping to wait until nearer the close of the transfer window in order to drive down the price. Villa have indicated that they want the situation sorted out quickly, one way or the other, by the end of the month so negotiations may have to proceed immediately with other clubs said to be interested.
The Mirror has reported Spurs’ continued interest in the 23-year-old Belgian winger, Nacer Chadli who played against Tottenham for Dutch side FC Twente in the Champions League group stages in 2010 and scored on both occasions. Chadli who can play on either wing is valued at £8.5m while Spurs are reported to have had an offer of £6m turned down.
Tottenham’s third possible transfer with links to Belgium is the Ghanaian international full back, Daniel Opare from Standard Liege. The 22-year-old can play in either full-back position. He has played for Liege over the past three seasons, having previously been with Real Madrid’s reserve team. He has made 9 appearances for the Ghana international team having been first called up in 2007 as a 17-year-old.
Opare’s comments were reported by the Mirror,
“I am flattered by the interest of Spurs. They are a very good team in England I will jump at the chance to join them if they reach an agreement with my current club.”
With continued speculation on the future of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, the signing of Opare could be seen as a replacement for the Cameroon left-back. Spurs signed the former Manchester United defender, Zeki Fryers, from Liege in January.