Tottenham Hotspur have identified two first-team regulars from Southampton as they plan a squad revamp prior to next season’s kick-off.
Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach, thereby ending months of speculation regarding a concrete replacement for Jose Mourinho. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss will be the club’s newest manager tasked with bringing in a piece or two of silverware, albeit not without support in the transfer market.
Spurs will provide their manager a significant amount of funds to bring in new acquisitions. They have now been linked with plotting a double raid on Southampton over the next few weeks. Danny Ings is the first of two players linked with a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, according to The Athletic.
Ings is in the final year of his contract with the Saints and has turned down a contract offer as he looks to move to greener pastures. He has been a key figure in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s managerial tenure at the St. Mary’s Stadium, but the guarantee of a regular role does not seem to have compelled the English international into signing a fresh deal at the club.
He has scored 34 goals and provided six assists in the last two seasons with Southampton, during a spell that consisted of 67 Premier League appearances. Ings turns 29 later this month and will be a great option for Tottenham Hotspur to pursue in the short-term, especially if Harry Kane is to leave.
Danny Ings does not bring as many attributes to the team as Kane, but there is still a lot to write home about his quality. The former Liverpool forward is a major threat in the box and his physique allows him to get the better of defenders more often than not. Although he does not help in the build-up play, Ings does score a lot of goals from close range.
Jannik Vestergaard is the second Southampton player who could be on the move to Tottenham Hotspur during the summer, as per The Times. The Danish international is currently on duty for his national team at the Euro 2020 and has been one of Denmark’s finest players at the event in their run to the semi-final.
Nuno Espirito Santo would have prioritized a central defender’s signing considering the options that he has at his disposal are not all that good. Toby Alderweireld is the only reliable centre-back in the team. Eric Dier was a makeshift defender last season, while Davinson Sanchez and Joe Rodon are still not good enough to play on a regular basis.
Vestergaard is everything that one looks for in a central defender. The 28-year-old is almost two metres tall, has a fantastic aerial presence and is an intelligent defender. His height makes him an imposing personality at the back and his great awareness and physical shape make up for a lack of pace.
Should Spurs manage to sign Ings and Vestergaard as well as retain Harry Kane, they would have a competent enough squad to at least challenge for the domestic cup competitions and the UEFA Europa Conference League. In addition to that, signing the Southampton duo is not going to be an expensive proposition as both players have a very favourable price tag.
Neither Ings, nor Vestergaard will cost the Lilywhites more than 40 million euros together. The former is in the final year of his contract, so Spurs have the ball in their court, whereas Vestergaard is 28 and although he is in his prime, his contract situation is similar to that of his club teammate, Ings.
Do you think Ings and Vestergaard will be Nuno Espirito Santo’s first signings as Tottenham Hotspur coach?