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Tottenham Transfer News: Danny Ings, Jules Kounde and More

In this round-up, we bring you the latest Tottenham transfer news. Spurs are keen to sign Danny Ings from Southampton but have a big problem to solve, they have new hope in their pursuit of Jules Kounde, and several clubs are lining up to take Jack Clarke on loan.

Tottenham Transfer News

Southampton Reluctant to Do Business With Spurs

Tottenham are facing a big problem in their bid to sign Danny Ings from Southampton in that the Saints are reluctant to do any business with Spurs, according to Jack Rosser of The Evening Standard.

Ings is reported to have rejected a new contract at Southampton and new Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo wants the 28-year-old to partner Harry Kane up front.

Southampton, though, do not want to sell Ings, despite the fact he only has one year left on his current contract, and they especially do not wish to sell to Spurs after the relationship between the two clubs was soured over last year’s transfer of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

The Saints say that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy tried to turn Hojbjerg’s head early during negotiations, and they also did not like the typical approach that Levy takes to transfers.

Spurs want Ings to be a partner to Kane, but the England captain wants to leave the club this summer, although Spurs are insistent that he will not be sold.

If they do finally buckle to that pressure, though, Ings could be seen as an ideal replacement, even if it was not what was first planned.

Kounde Fee Agreed

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Sevilla for defender Jules Kounde, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. It’s said that the deal would cost €30 million plus Davinson Sanchez going the other way. Spurs would still need to agree personal terms with Kounde, though – otherwise, they could turn their attention back to Inter defender Milan Skriniar.

Fabrizio Romano, though, reports that there is “no optimism” at the moment from either side that a deal can be done, even though Sevilla are open to selling the Frenchman if the price is right.

Kounde has also been a target for Manchester United and Chelsea in this window. However, United are now pushing to complete a deal for Raphael Varane and Chelsea appear confident that they will be able to sign Erling Haaland this summer, despite Borussia Dortmund’s insistence that they won’t sell.

Clubs Lining Up for Clarke Loan

Three clubs are interested in taking Spurs youngster Jack Clarke on loan, reports Alastair Gold of Though these clubs are not yet named, it’s said that two of them are in the Championship and one is from Belgium.

Clarke has previously spent time on loan in England’s second tier, initially back at Leeds United, the club he joined Spurs from, and then with Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City more recently.

The 20-year-old was liked by previous boss Jose Mourinho, who used him in cup matches and during the group stages of the Europa League before he joined Stoke temporarily in January.

There’s currently no suggestion that Spurs will sanction a loan, though, with early rounds of cup competitions as well as their involvement in the Europa Conference League seen as prime opportunities to give players like Clarke minutes on the pitch.

However, if reinforcements were to arrive in the wide positions, it would not be surprising to see Clarke leave on loan once again.

Latest on Vitinha and Tomiyasu

As reported on Last Word On Football earlier today, Spurs are currently considering a bid for Porto midfielder Vitinha. The 21-year-old spent last season on loan with Wolverhampton Wanderers, playing under current Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Vitinha’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has supposedly offered the player to Spurs for around €20 million (£17 million).

In addition, the club are also close to completing a deal for Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu. The Japan international is nearing a £15 million move to the club as Spurs fought off interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Atalanta.


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