In a transfer that has dragged on for longer than it probably should have, Tottenham are finally set to sign AZ striker Vincent Janssen in the coming days.
Sky Sports (among others) were this morning reporting that a deal between the two clubs was close to being agreed. Tottenham thought they had reached an agreement for the Dutch international, only for AZ advisor Billy Beane, he of Moneyball fame, to inform the club that Tottenham’s £16m offer was below Janssen’s true value.
They have since reached a compromise, and Janssen should complete the transfer soon enough.
The 22 year old is so confident that a deal is close to completion that he is has been openly discussing the transfer. Speaking to Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad, Janssen has confirmed that a deal is in the offing, and that it is simply now a case of waiting for the phone to ring:
“I’m glad that it is almost complete. For me it was clear from the beginning that I wanted to go to Spurs. The competition appeals to me and the plan of the coach is similar to the plan that AZ boss John van den Brom shared with me a year ago at AZ.
“It is a beautiful club with a fantastic stadium and heaps of potential. Anyone in my shoes would take this step.”
The striker, who scored 31 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions last season, also spoke about a potential rivalry with current number one Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Janssen would be brought in to provide direct competition with the England international, but he insists that he is not afraid of anybody, and working with Kane could benefit actually both players:
“Harry Kane? People can say what they want but I’m not afraid of anybody. He is a great striker but we will see how it goes. We can complement each other, I think I can learn a lot from him.”
Janssen will become Mauricio Pochettino’s second signing of the summer, following the £11m signing of Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama.