Nuno Espirito Santo would be interested in signing Tottenham’s Matt Doherty if he is appointed Everton manager this summer, according to Football Insider.
Doherty joined Spurs last summer from Wolves, where he played under Nuno and excelled as a wing-back in a 3-4-3 system.
At Tottenham, Doherty has mainly played as a right-back in a back four and has struggled to hold down a place in starting line-up.
Jose Mourinho would often choose Serge Aurier over Doherty, while Ryan Mason tended to prefer Japhet Tanganga until his unfortunate injury during the run-in.
In any case, there is hope for Doherty yet as a new manager will surely help him to replicate his Wolves form – unless he is sold, of course.
And Football Insider claims Everton could at least try to lure Doherty to Goodison Park if Nuno is given the job ahead of the current frontrunner, Rafa Benitez.
In some ways, losing Doherty wouldn’t be a huge blow to Spurs given his poor performances last season.
That said, if Serge Aurier leaves, Doberty will be the only traditional right-back in the squad, and so Tottenham will only need to buy one more player in that position.
There are other priorities and Spurs could do without having to buy more new players than they need – so we think the Londoners should keep hold of Doherty for at least one more year.