Romano claims Spurs will find it difficult to pull off late deal for 23-year-old 

Fabrizio Romano has said that it would prove quite difficult for Tottenham to lure Jonathan David from Lille, not only because of the striker’s price but also because the Ligue 1 club would need to find a replacement for their star man. 

It has been widely reported over the last few days that David is one of the names on top of Spurs’ wishlist to replace Harry Kane, alongside Gent’s Gift Orban (Rudy Galetti – GMS).

Despite being just 23 years of age, it feels like the Lille star has already been around for a long time as he first burst onto the scene as a teenager in the Belgian top flight before subsequently making a name for himself in France.

LILLE, FRANCE – JULY 22: Jonathan David (9) of LOSC pictured during a friendly pre-season game ahead of the Belgian 2023 – 2024 Jupiler Pro League season between French Lille OSC and Cercle Brugge on July 22 , 2023 in Camphin-en-pevele, France. (Photo by Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

It will be difficult for Spurs to sign Jonathan David

The Canadian international, who scored 26 goals in 40 appearances last season, now looks ready to make the step up to a top club, and Romano has now confirmed that Spurs have been tracking the player for a long time.

However, the journalist insisted that Lille will demand €60m (£51.4m) for the centre-forward and might not want to let him go so late in the transfer window as there is barely any time to bring in a replacement.

Romano told GiveMeSport: “Jonathan David is a player they’ve (Spurs) been tracking for a long time, but it’s a complicated one because of the price. I’m hearing that Lille want something around €60m. 

“They started from €65m but that now could be around €60m to sell Jonathan David, but also, they would need a replacement. So, in this case, timing is crucial, and it’s not going to be an easy one.”

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It is a little worrying that Tottenham are still struggling to get their unwanted players out of the door. The North London club will be in trouble if Gent and Lille decide to considerably raise their demands for Orban and David respectively in the final few days of the transfer window.

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