‘What a coup that would be’ – Bent urges Spurs to break the bank for midfielder

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has urged the Lilywhites to make a serious attempt to land German midfield sensation Kai Havertz in the summer.

Havertz is among the most highly-rated young talents in world football at the moment, having been a consistent performer for Bayer Leverkusen since breaking into the team as a 17-year-old four seasons ago.

He has particularly come into his own in the last couple of seasons and has been prolific in front of goal for the Bundesliga side, which has in turn already seen him win seven caps for the German national team (transfermarkt).

Spurs have reportedly been monitoring the progress of the midfielder for a number of seasons having impressed scouts while Mauricio Pochettino was in charge (Sky Sports).

Goal.com reported back in March that the Lilywhites were one of the clubs who could make an approach for the Leverkusen star when the transfer market opens this summer.

Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz has admitted he would not be able to keep Havertz at the BayArena this summer, but the club have reportedly slapped a whopping £89.5million (€100million) price tag on his head (Algemeen Dagblad).

Bent believes Tottenham should go all out for the youngster if they have any chance at all of landing him.

When asked about Spurs’ rumoured pursuit of Havertz, the former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “He’s a very good player and he’s linked with a lot of big clubs around the world so if you can steal him, then what a coup that would be for your club. If you can get top players like that, you go and get them.

“His favoured position is a number 10 so that would be perfect because you’re talking about him, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son – I think that would work really, really well.

“At times, I know all teams have a transfer structure where they might go: ‘We need defenders, we need midfielders,’ whatever it may be but sometimes little curveballs get thrown in.”

“When a player of such quality all of a sudden gets thrown into the market, you’ve got to rip that transfer sheet up and go: ‘He’s the best player available, we’ve got to take him’.”

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Given the amount of interest Havertz is generating from clubs all around Europe, I don’t believe we have any chance of signing him this summer. While Leverkusen will have to reduce their price tag given the financial impact of COVID-19, he will almost certainly prove too expensive for us, particularly given that a number 10 isn’t our biggest priority this summer.

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