Tottenham are reportedly ready to switch their focus to Monaco attacker Gelson Martins after seemingly missing out on Dan James.
Spurs have been somewhat surprisingly chasing James in the final days of the summer transfer window. But it now appears that the Leeds winger is closing in on a loan move to Fulham instead.
With that being the case, Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas claims Fabio Paratici is now looking elsewhere.
He said: “Tottenham are considering their options in the transfer market, with a deal for Leeds United winger Daniel James looking unlikely at this stage.
“One of the names under discussion is 27-year-old Monaco forward Gelson Martins. He is said to be keen to come to the Premier League.
“Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte are said to have met to consider their other options in the market this morning.
“Portugal international Martins fits the profile of a player who can play on either the left or right wing.”
There is no mention of what sort of fee Martins would cost. However, he cost Monaco £30million when they signed him back in 2019 and his games has evolved since then.
Martins has also played at a higher level more regularly than James and has better stats to show for it.
The Leeds flyer has scored just four goals and added five assists since signing for £30m from Manchester United.
Martins more productive than Dan James
And while Martins has similar figures from his efforts with Monaco just last season alone, he has more quality in the final third.
As per FBref, the winger outscores the Wales star for progressive passes (2.20 vs 1.79), progressive carries (7.24 vs 4.70), dribbles completed (2.34 vs 0.67) and touches in the opposition’s box (5.41 vs 4.63) per 90 – as reported on football fancast.
Antonio Conte will also love the fact that Martins ranks amongst the top 4% of all wingers across Europe’s elite divisions for pressures and the top 6% for tackles per 90, too. This, once again, outweighs James’ efforts with Leeds.
Martins also has the ability to play on both wings and would give Conte another attacking alternative.
The big issue now will be trying to force through the deal before the 11pm deadline.
That is where Tottenham will hope sporting director Paratici can work his magic and get everything done before the cut-off point.
The arrival of another winger will also allow Bryan Gil to complete his loan switch to Valencia.
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