Journalist suggests winger might ‘prefer Tottenham’ over European giants 

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Dutch journalist Johan Derksen has predicted that Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech might prefer to move to Tottenham over returning to Ajax. 

Tottenham are expected to sign an attacker to replace Bryan Gil if the winger rejoins Valencia on loan (The Athletic).

Over recent days, the likes of Leeds United’s Dan James (Daily Mail), Everton’s Anthony Gordon (Football Insider), Wovles’ Adama Traore (Football.London) and Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi (Tutto Atalanta) have been mooted as potential targets.

Another surprise name that has been mentioned is that of Ziyech, with Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad claiming on Wednesday that Spurs are set to challenge Ajax in their pursuit of the winger.

The report claimed the 29-year-old wants to leave Stamford Bridge as he is no longer part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans.

Dutch journalists Johan Derksen and Rene van der Gijp were among guests during on Vandaag Inside show this week and both suggested that Ziyech might prefer to stay in the Premier League rather than return to the Johan Cryuff Arena.

Derksen said (as relayed by Ajax ShowTime): “Ziyech was the big star in the Netherlands and actually failed at Chelsea. I can imagine that he prefers Tottenham because he still wants to succeed in England.”

Van der Gijp then added: “If you can play at Tottenham or you play against Sparta, RKC or Go Ahead, then you go there, right?”

When it was suggested by another journalist Ozcan Akyol that Ziyech might want to return to the familiar surroundings of Amsterdam, Derksen responded: “A bit like a failure [to return to the Netherlands]. He is received here with applause, that would be a warm welcome, but then the boy has failed in England.”

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It remains to be seen if Tottenham’s interest in Ziyech is serious as none of the journalists with sources inside the North London club are reporting on this story.

Besides, if Ziyech wants regular game time, a move to Spurs will not make sense for him as he would be fifth in the pecking order behind Kane, Son, Kulusevski and Richarlison.

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