Report: Spurs prefer Norwich City player over Ligue 1 defender

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham could be in the market for a right-back this summer according to reports over the past few weeks.

Serge Aurier has had his best season in a Spurs shirt so far but the Ivorian lacks any direct competition for his place in the side, with Jose Mourinho seemingly unwilling to trust Kyle Walker-Peters, who was loaned out to Southampton in January for the remainder fo the campaign.

Two players who are reported to be on Tottenham’s radar are Norwich defender Max Aarons and Nice star Youcef Atal.

Spurs are said to be competing with Paris Saint-Germain for Atal’s signature according to Le Quotidien du Foot. Meanwhile, Football Insider has reported that Spurs have made Aarons one of their top targets this summer.

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold claim that Aarons is believed to be Tottenham’s prefered choice over Atal due to his versatility and the fact that he is home grown.

Each Premier League squad contains no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player” (HGP) criteria. The rest of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be “Home Grown”. 

A “Home-Grown Player” means a player who, irrespective of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).

The report claims that the Lilywhites also expect the 20-year-old to be available for a lower price of around £30 million if Norwich are relegated back to the Championship this season.

It is suggested that Spurs will prioritise a move for the Canaries man over the Algerian international this summer.

Spurs Web Opinion

While a lot of Spurs fans on social media seeming to want Atal, he will be a much bigger risk than Aarons due to the fact that he is unproven in the Premier League. Aarons has shown this season that he is more than good enough for the division and I expect him to kick-on next season onward.

I believe the Norwich player will be the more sensible target for us this summer.

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