Tottenham face a battle to land an attacking target this summer, with the player’s agent pushing for him to move to Dutch giants Ajax instead.
Anderlecht winger Paul Mukairu is the player in question, as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his forward options.
At this stage, it remains unclear whether Spurs will complete a permanent deal for Gareth Bale. That is despite reports on Tuesday suggesting that a transfer could be done.
A recent report in the Daily Mirror stated that Spurs were confident of signing the 21-year-old. Indeed, it was claimed that a fee of just £4m would be enough to get a deal done.
However, Ajax are refusing to back down in their chase for Mukairu.
“Ajax are interested in Paul,” a representative speaking on behalf of the left-winger explained.
“He is a highly technical player who will fit the Ajax style. He is not yet the finished article and Ajax would be a great club for him to continue with his development.
“It will also be a chance for the player to feature in the Champions League season after season.”
A space has opened up for Mukairu at Ajax after Quincy Promes returned to Spartak Moscow.
The talented youngster has scored four goals and added four assists during his breakthrough season in Belgium.
Report reveals £6m agent fee for Tottenham flop
Tottenham reportedly paid super-agent Jorge Mendes £6million to sign a player last summer who has been hugely disappointing.
Spurs forked out £15m to bring Matt Doherty in from Wolves, with many pundits believing they had landed a bargain.
However, the Republic of Ireland star has struggled to replicate the form he showed during his time at Molineux.
To be fair to Doherty, he has largely struggled adapting to Jose Mourinho’s preferred 4-3-3 formation.
At Wolves he was allowed to bomb forward as a wing-back and was regularly scoring or providing assists.
Mourinho is loathed to play Doherty and Sergio Reguilon in the same back four, given that both prefer to attack.
That has no doubt hindered the 29-year-old, who has often played second fiddle to Serge Aurier this term. Read more…