AZ Alkmaar have claimed that the transfer of their striker Vincent Janssen to Spurs is far from imminent, but one of the pieces has fallen into place today that would allow the deal to go through.
As is good practice, AZ have been looking to sign a replacement striker before letting Janssen go. They have been linked in recent days to the 6ft 5″ Heracles striker Wout Weghorst and this morning the deal was confirmed.
— AZ (@AZAlkmaar) July 6, 2016
With Weghorst in, there is nothing holding up the move for Janssen other than the predictable hardball tactics from Daniel Levy. The strategy seems to be to force AZ to accept a lower bid than they’d like, for a player that has already turned down a transfer to Paris St-Germain, as he is so set on a move to White Hart Lane.
It’s a risky game to play, especially considering that Janssen impressed tonight by scoring twice in 45 minutes for AZ, in their friendly victory over Polderse Selectie. If Spurs don’t make a move soon, they could well find that another club will decide to pay what the Dutch club wants. He might have turned down PSG, but Tottenham should not be banking on him rejecting other clubs, particularly if we continue to frustrate everyone with our recruiting tactics.