Spurs rescuing Newcastle creator from Championship makes sense

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Totteham Hotspur rumours are coming thick and fast now that the summer transfer window is finally heating up.

Along with some of the Premier League’s other sharp-end challengers, Spurs have already added one name to their squad list this off-season.

Victor Wanyama was an early capture from Southampton for the Lilywhites, but if the sheer number of whispers surrounding the north Londoners’ targets rings true, it won’t be long before the Kenyan has other newbies to keep him company.

AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen is widely expected to be the striker Spurs have been in need of for over a year, while another Dutchman has cropped up as a potential backup for Christian Eriksen.

Georginio Wijnaldum was a standout performer for Newcastle last season, but with the Magpies relegated to the Championship, the former PSV captain is rumoured to be up for grabs.

Tottenham are willing to rescue him from a campaign in England’s second tier and, as long as the price is right, would be a very good fit for the 25-year-old.

£17m is the reported fee, which is the same price that the Geordie club forked out to bring the midfielder over initially. Considering the campaign Wijnaldum had, that money represents good value.

The Oranje international scored 11 goals and added five assists too. He was largely considered Newcastle’s best player.

To get him at no extra cost than what Newcastle paid would be quite the coup for Spurs, who need to develop a better strength in depth if they are to remain a Champions League club in the future.

Eriksen did not have a natural understudy in the number 10 role behind Harry Kane last season, so bringing Wijnaldum in for that purpose would make perfect sense for Mauricio Pochettino.

With a crack at the Premier League title, a European tour and an expected deep run in one of the cup competitions on his plate, the Argentine will need extra bodies to effectively juggle expectations.

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