Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on the signing of Newcastle United star Ayoze Perez, according to reports in Italy.
Perez, who has two years remaining on his current contract, enjoyed a stellar season for Newcastle, scoring 12 goals and providing two assists in 37 Premier League appearances.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Serie A with Inter Milan and Napoli said to be interested, but Italian outlet CalcioNapoli 24 believes his future lies at another Premier League club.
A report claims Spurs have made an offer of around £25 million for Perez and a deal is close to being completed.
Mauricio Pochettino is apparently a fan of the Spaniard, so the transfer is likely to depend on the Tottenham manager’s future.
The story also suggests Erik Lamela will be sold this summer to make room for Perez in the Spurs squad.
Tottenham haven’t been linked with Perez at all in the British press, so this story has come totally out of the blue.
With that in mind, it’s difficult to read it as anything other than speculation right now, but it’s certainly one to keep an eye on.