Over the last few days, the speculation linking RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer with a move to Tottenham Hotspur has intensified.
The Austrian international has been reportedly on Spurs’ radar for a number of months but multiple reports seem to suggest that a January deal could be on the cards.
Dan Kilpatrick of The Evening Standard has reported that Sabitzer is the man Jose Mourinho wants to bring in as a replacement for Dele Alli should the 24-year-old depart next month.
Reports have also claimed that the Leipzig star has informed his club that he wants to join the North Londoners.
The rumours have certainly got some Spurs fans excited on social media, who are convinced that the versatile midfielder is the exactly the type of player the Lilywhites need at the moment.
However, Alasdair Gold has now poured cold water over the reports, insisting that it is nothing more than agent talk at the moment.
While the journalist acknowledged that Spurs are interested in the midfielder, he claimed that the club are unlikely to move for him in January, particularly given their issues filling the homegrown players criteria.
Gold said on his YouTube channel: “The biggest problem with Tottenham and people hate to hear this.
“Spurs have squad issues, they have foreign player limit issues – they have three too many in their Europa League squad and Joe Rodon has taken them up to the maximum of 25 in the Premier League squad.
“Spurs have to move on players before they can bring players in.
“I’ve seen Sabitzer. Let’s use him as an example. He’s constantly held up as ‘let’s bring him in and replace Dele Alli’.
“But it doesn’t work like that. You’re replacing a homegrown player with a foreign player.
“Sabitzer, as I understand, is a player Tottenham like. He is a player they’ve looked at before. But at the moment it’s just agent talk. They are not in a position to move for him.”
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Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has now admitted that the club are hopeful that Sabitzer will sign a new deal. So Gold might well be right in saying that the rumours are being fueled by the Austrian’s representatives to ensure he gets a decent pay hike.
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