Tottenham tracking Colombian World Cup playmaker

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Dom Le Roy

According to Argentinian sports newspaper Ole Tottenham are in the race to sign playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero after his impressive displays for Colombia at the World Cup.

Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez was supposed to be their star man, but an injury in the run-up to their opening game against Japan meant that he was replaced by Quintero.

And the 25-year-old has been a revelation for Jose Pekerman’s side, starting with a clever free kick goal against Japan, and then a Man of the Match display in the 3-0 win over Poland as he set up Radamel Falcao’s goal.

His performances over in Russia have caught the eye of some of Europe’s big clubs, and according to Ole Tottenham are battling Real Madrid and Russian side Krasnodar for his signature.

However any transfer may prove complicated as River Plate currently have Quintero on loan from Porto, and are set to activate a £3million purchase clause in his deal, and his release clause at River will then become €22million (£19.5million).

Despite an impressive summer so far his career up to date has been rather lacklustre.

His early career was with Envigado and Atletico Nacional in Colombia, and he starred for his country’s Under-20’s before heading to Pescara in Italy and then Porto in 2013.

However he has struggled with Porto and been out on loan with Rennes, Independiente Medellin and now River and paying just shy of £20million for a player based on his World Cup displays may be something of a gamble after a nomadic career to date.

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  1. I would take him, 3 at the back, wanyama and him in central midfield, with Trippier and Rose either side. Hes been picking out defence splitting passes for fun this world cup and at such a low transfer fee, you’d hope he could fit the poch training regime and fight his way to a place, the kid definitely has a football brain.


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