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Jonathan David sends perfect Tottenham and Chelsea transfer message amid potential £20m move

Jonathan David was on the scoresheet as Canada beat Peru in the Copa America
-Credit: (Image: Hector Vivas/Getty Images)


Jonathan David ensured that he was in the headlines on Tuesday evening as he helped Canada claim a historic win in the Copa America. Not only was it their maiden victory in the competition and Jesse Marsch's first as boss, it was their first win over a South American opponent in 24 years.

In a vital game for Canada following their 2-0 defeat in their Group A opener against Argentina last week, Lille striker David struck the crucial goal in the 74th minute of the contest. It was a fine finish from the Tottenham-linked striker as the Reds mounted a swift counter and the frontman confidently found the net with a low shot from just inside the area that bounced in off the post.

Very much a man in demand this summer with Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham all mentioned in regards to a move for the 24-year-old, a few more goals in the Copa America may well set the wheels in motion for a Lille exit. football.london reported on Monday that Tottenham have compiled a shortlist of forwards who fit their profile of signing players for the present and long-term and therefore are at the most aged in their mid-twenties or younger.

David is one of the names that features high on the list, with the club having followed the attacker for quite some time. It's perhaps no surprise to see why Spurs are keeping tabs on the Brooklyn-born player after plundering goals for fun in Ligue 1. After making his mark with Gent in Belgium prior to his Lille switch, David has continued to find the net on a regular basis for the French side.

The Canada international, for the second season on the trot, finished the campaign with 26 goals in all competitions for Lille, with 19 of those coming in the league. Tipped to seal a move away from Lille to one of Europe's top teams in each of the past few summers, David still remains at Stade Pierre-Mauroy for the time being but it may not be too long before he is snapped up.

What makes him an even more attractive proposition this summer is the fact that he could be available for a cut-price fee due to his contract status. Next week will mark the beginning of the final year of his Lille contract and it has been suggested that he could be available for as little as £20million.

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Given Tottenham's need to add to their frontline options ahead of the 2024/25 campaign, David could prove to be a very wise investment if he can go on to replicate his Ligue 1 numbers in the Premier League. Before his future is decided one way or another ahead of the summer transfer deadline, the striker will be intent on guiding Canada through to the knockout phase of the Copa America.

Chile are Canada's final opponents in Group A, with La Roja so far only having one point in the bag from their first two games in the competition. If Marsch's side are to create even more history by going to the latter stages of the Copa America, David is going to be a pivotal figure in their plans.

In terms of his numbers against Peru, David scored with his only shot on goal, he made seven passes into the final third as he looked to link up with his teammates, completed 21 of his 27 passes and chipped in defensively with seven defensive actions. The Canada ace perhaps should have had another goal to his name in the dying embers of the game but he unfortunately miskicked the ball when found unmarked eight yards from goal.

Speaking after the game to TSN Sports, he said: "It means a lot. It means that we have everything to fight for in the last game to make it out of the group stage.

"It was a difficult game, even at 10 against 11 it was very difficult. It means that even through adversity, we can battle and get results. Obviously, there’s still things to improve and we know that, but the most important thing today was to show ourselves that we can win a game."

Now with 27 goals in 51 games for Canada after his latest strike, David will be hoping to add a few more goals to his name in such an important summer in his young career. Once his time in the Copa America comes to an end, his next official match may well be in the Premier League given the current interest in his services.

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