Report: Tottenham ready to trigger 24-year-old’s £7m release clause

Report: Tottenham ready to trigger 24-year-old’s £7m release clause

FC Cologne's German midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Arsenal and FC Cologne at The Emirates Stadium in London on September 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)


Tottenham remain interested in signing Koln playmaker Leonard Bittencourt this summer, according to reports in Germany.

Last month, reports linked Spurs with a move for the 24-year-old, who has a £7m release clause in his contract dependent on Koln’s Bundesliga survival.

Now Koln have been officially relegated to the German second division, meaning Bittencourt is available for just £7m this summer.

German outlet Bild claims Bittencourt has an offer from the table from Tottenham, although the Londoners could face competition from Monaco and Hoffenheim.

The attacking midfielder has scored five goals and provided three assists in the German top-flight this season – decent numbers for a player at a relegated side.

Mauricio Pochettino is in need of a deputy for Christian Eriksen, who Spurs are devoid of creativity without.

Whether Bittencourt is of sufficient quality to play for a top Premier League team remains to be seen.

Norwich City star James Maddison has also been linked with Tottenham, but Bittencourt’s bargain price must be tempting Daniel Levy.



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