Tottenham have targeted Fulham’s Moussa Dembele and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Willian, as the club considers options post-Luka Modric.
With the north London club now resigned to losing their Croatian midfielder, Andre Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy have identified either Dembele or Willian as a potential replacement, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Moussa Dembele has swiftly won admirers in the Premier League since his arrival from Belgian club Anderlecht two years ago. After initially finding himself playing just behind the front man at Fulham, the 25-year-old has developed into an elegant attacking midfielder, capably composed in a two-man midfield and blessed with the poise and vision to pick out a team mate under pressure. Such attributes have bought Dembele to the attention of Manchester United.
Brazilian Willian has been subject to interest from Chelsea in the past, with Shakhtar Donetsk’ club president Rinat Akhmetov reportedly dismissing an undervalued bid for the 23-year-old last month. Willian, equally adept as a winger or attacking midfielder, has reportedly been fitted with a £19.5 million price tag.
With Scott Parker, Sandro or Tom Huddlestone practiced in more conservative midfield roles, either Dembele or Willian would provide Spurs with a driving force from midfield, a role soon the vacated by the departing Modric.
Further up the pitch, Tottenham’s attempts to bring Emmanuel Adebayor back to White Hart Lane have stuttered to a worrying halt, as the former Arsenal man refuses to take a pay cut from his exorbitant wage packet given to him by Manchester City. At this moment time, Jermain Defoe is the only recognized forward at Tottenham.