Tottenham youth movement update: Fresh links for Nusa, Bardghji

Spurs could make two statement signings as they continue restocking the squad with young, high-pressing players. Antonio Nusa and Roony Bardghji are both linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer.

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Ange Postecoglou has preached his desire to use young, hungry players in his high-pressing attack, and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and sporting director Johan Lange are working hard to meet the manager's needs. They're doing it without overspending, too, as the stadium's profit-generating schemes are working well.

With fresh transfer links sprouting as we get closer to the end of the 2023-24 season, Fabrizio Romano and Alasdair Gold updated fans on two potential incomings in the summer transfer window. Antonio Nusa, 18, of Club Brugge, and Roony Bardghji, 18, of FC Copenhagen could make a switch from Belgium and Denmark, respectively, to England.

Romano said on his YouTube channel that Tottenham were keeping close tabs on Bardghji. The 18-year-old Swedish starlet made a name for himself in the Champions League this season, scoring the game-winning goal against Manchester United en route to Copenhagen's knockout round qualification. Bardghji is out of contract in 2025, and if reports are true, extension talks have stalled with the Danish champions.

Bardghji has scored seven goals in 17 appearances for Copenhagen in the Danish first division; Across all competitions, he has scored 11 goals, with one in the Champions League, two in the Oddset Pokalen (Danish Cup), and one in the Future Cup (U-21 Danish Cup).

The young winger initially found himself linked to Tottenham in the winter window, but no deal emerged between Spurs and Copenhagen. With suggestions that Bryan Gil will move on at the end of the season, Bardghji could take up his position in the team sheet as clubs prepare for 2024-25. Of course, signing the Swede won't be easy with other clubs interested in his services, but Spurs have a unique poker chip with a Swedish sporting director in Lange, plus two Swedish players in Dejan Kulusevski and recent signing Lucas Bergvall.

Antonio Nusa remains another target for Tottenham as they continue to rebuild the team under Ange Postecoglou. Nusa had been linked to the club in the January window, but Spurs cooled their interest with concerns about the Norwegian forward's fitness. Brentford swooped in for a quick signing to address their thin attacking depth in January, but Nusa failed his medical, causing his deal to collapse.

In his update article, Alasdair Gold says Norwegian national team doctor Ola Sand cleared Nusa's medical problems as resolved, no longer interfering with his performance in training or matches. Gold also spoke with Norwegian journalist Stian Andre de Wahl from the outlet Nettavisen, who said Nusa was back in the Brugge team and still thinking about his future.

De Wahl suggested to Gold that Nusa and his entourage won't be calling Brentford after the winter deal fell apart at the last second. That gives Tottenham a fighting chance to sign him as another long-term forward. He may not get the playtime that he would at a club like Brentford, but he would be joining a growing organization with top facilities. Like Bardghji, Nusa might benefit from a potential sale of left-winger Bryan Gil, but if he is interested in playing on the right-wing behind Dejan Kulusevski and Brennan Johnson, doors might open up for the young Norwegian.

Nusa has four goals and four assists in all contests this year, with three goals and three assists coming in the Juliper Pro League, Belgium's top flight. He has one goal in the UEFA Conference League and one assist in the Conference League Qualifiers.

Postecoglou has indicated he would like another wide forward next season as he continues to shift the mentality and culture at Tottenham. He is gearing up for a title charge next year, and after the injury crisis he endured in the winter, more depth would be massive. Bardghji and Nusa combined with Bergvall's arrival would add a lot of fresh legs to a beleaguered side. They also would likely cost no more than £25 million each, meaning Spurs could stay within profit and sustainability rules if player sales go according to plan.

There is a bit of a log jam at left-wing, though. Timo Werner's loan from RB Leipzig has seen him earn regular minutes while picking up three assists, generating some buzz about a permanent signing. Manor Solomon is also returning from injury soon, but it's unclear if he will have the same impact he had in August and September. Jamie Donley, Yago Santiago, and Will Lankshear also complicate things with their stellar performances in the academy. They could be on track for first-team appearances next year.

Nusa and Bardghji would be welcome pieces for Ange-ball, though. The Spurs boss made it clear that character is just as important to him as football skills. If he, Lange, and Levy see these two starlets as must-have players, the club will look to get deals done.