Tottenham and Newcastle send scouts to watch Johan Bakayoko
PSV Eindhoven winger Johan Bakayoko seems to be a man in demand, as he has apparently courted interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.
According to the Sun, Spurs and the Magpies sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old right-winger play in his team’s UEFA Champions League qualifier against Rangers on 22 August in Scotland.
Bakayoko shined in the game, laying out two assists as his team secured an important 2-2 draw away from home. Everton and Burnley are also among the clubs tracking the player.
Do Spurs need him?
After seeing Harry Kane join Bayern Munich, Spurs fans would be eager to see their club make a statement signing. We are apparently making progress in our pursuit of Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson.
But for the price that is being quoted above, Bakayoko should be signed by us regardless of whether we sign Johnson or not. After Kane’s exit, Richarlison would move more centrally.
In the event of the former Everton man’s absence, Son Heung-min or another one of our attackers could have to slot in centrally. And that is why depth is necessary on the flanks.
Lucas Moura, although not first-team quality anymore, left us this summer and Bryan Gil still doesn’t seem ready for regular first-team football in N17. Bakayoko, 20, could be the ideal signing down the flanks, especially given the fact that Son, 31, is also slowly nearing the end of his prime.
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Newcastle have the promise of Champions League football while Burnley and Everton can all offer him a better chance at first-team football than us. And that is why, Spurs should keep the funds ready to please both the club and the player if they want the four-cap Belgium international.