The Eden Hazard rumours persist this morning amidst claims that Spurs a preparing a £45m January bid for the Belgian midfielder and his compatriot – Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.
Since the rumours started, prices for Hazard alone have varied from around £20m to £35m and while all the usual suspects – Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City etc etc have been linked, some of the stories suggest that Spurs are in pole position and that Harry Redknapp is trying to convince the board that Hazard is the man to cement Champions League football for next season.
There’s no doubting the 20 year old’s talent and also his versatility which sees him play as an attacking central midfielder or on either wing. Supremely talented though he is however, where is he going to play?
In Tottenham’s already crowded midfield, the manager is struggling to find a place for Sandro, while Tom Huddlestone will also face a battle to break into the side when he regains fitness.
One possibility could be as a replacement for Aaron Lennon, but versatile as Hazard is, the right wing may be the one position where his talents are least effective.
The player himself has sparked a glut of rumours by stating that he is looking to play abroad in the very near future,
“I feel ready to make it to the next level in a great club,” he told L’Equipe.
“I stayed in Lille this season because there were still things I had to work on, things to prove. But now, I’m ready.”
“Paris is not for now. After France, I want to go abroad.”
It all seems to point to a ridiculous offer from Manchester City scuppering everyone else but for now at least, the Spurs link persists.
Overall, do you agree with the assessment that here is the one player to ensure a top four finish or would Eden Hazard become the next Mike Hazard – talented but surplus to requirements?