While Steven Bergwijn had been linked with Tottenham as early as last summer (Voetbal International), there was no real prior indication that the club was moving for him in January.
Tottenham’s interest was only reported in the final week of the transfer window (Daily Mail) and the deal proceeded very quickly.
In fact, the Dutch international was unveiled as a Tottenham player in just a couple of days after the initial reports, surprisingly quick for a transfer involving Daniel Levy and Spurs.
Dutch publication Volkskrant now details how the transfer had to be completed in ‘record time’ after Tottenham’s suddenly making contact.
The report reveals that Bergwijn’s agent Fulco van Kooperen was surprised by Spurs’ sudden interest and had a meeting with Daniel Levy and Jose Mourinho on the very same day.
It is asserted that PSV initially told Van Kooperen that they were going to keep Bergwijn as the player already had a verbal agreement with the club to stay until the end of the season.
However, circumstances reportedly changed due to how poorly the Dutch giants are performing this season. PSV are currently sitting in fifth place in the Eredivisie and are already all but out of the running for the title.
Van Kooperen told Volkskrant: “PSV would never have let Steven go if the club were still playing for the prizes.”
Spurs Web Opinion
It sounds like this was a very opportunistic signing by from Tottenham. He would have likely cost more in the summer as he would have had one or two other suitors. For a player of Bergwijn’s potential and quality, there is no doubt that we have got him on a massive bargain.
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