Tottenham given £50m Jacob Ramsey transfer hope as Ange Postecoglou plots midfield overhaul

There is a growing feeling that Jacob Ramsey could be prised away from Aston Villa by a bid of up to £50million, understands, as Tottenham look to strengthen Ange Postecoglou's midfield options ahead of a big season.

Spurs are expected to make a few midfield changes this summer with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Giovani Lo Celso among those set to depart the club in the wake of Tanguy Ndombele's release. Postecoglou is keen to bring in new faces to provide fresh energy and creativity in the centre of the pitch to complement the likes of James Maddison, Yves Bissouma, Rodrigo Bentancur, Pape Matar Sarr and Oliver Skipp, who is looking for regular football next season, with Dejan Kulusevski also able to play in a deeper role.

Lucas Bergvall arrives next week following his £8.5million switch from Djurgarden with Tottenham snapping up one of Scandinavia's brightest young talents in the 18-year-old Sweden international, who can play as a number eight or in more advanced roles.

Postecoglou and Spurs technical director Johan Lange have compiled a list of potential midfielders to bring in to bolster the Australian's options as the north London club add Europa League fixtures to their Premier League ones as well as the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in a busy season.

Lange has been driving Tottenham's interest in Aston Villa's Jacob Ramsey. The Dane is a big fan of the midfielder, who turned 23 last month, and Tottenham made enquiries in January, soon after Lange's arrival at the club, about the availability of the player who can play in the centre of midfield or on the left. Postecoglou is understood to also feel the player would fit his system well.

Spurs' interest in Ramsey, who has three years left on his contract at Villa Park, has not dulled despite his injury-hit season, and the north London club have enquired again about his availability this month with Villa, although suggestions of a formal offer being made yet have been played down on various sides.

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Tottenham have probed to see whether Ramsey's fragmented campaign loosened Villa's desire to keep him in the face of a tempting offer, particularly with their previous need to get back within the profit and sustainability rules which the sale of Douglas Luiz to Juventus is now expected to remedy.

The initial indications were that the Midlands side, who will play Champions League football next season, were as unlikely to sell Ramsey as they did back in January. However, understands that there is now a growing feeling that a bid of between £40million and £50million could yet prise him away if the player chose to leave his hometown club.

Villa boss Unai Emery has also shown a previous interest in Spurs midfielder Lo Celso, with the Spaniard having taken the midfielder on loan to Villarreal for the second half of the 2021/22 season and then resigned him again for the following campaign, only to leave for Villa in October 2022. Lo Celso is expected to depart Tottenham this summer with interest in his services expected to be boosted by his involvement at the Copa America in the USA and he has just a year left on his contract.

Tottenham also retain a strong interest in England midfielder Conor Gallagher. The 24-year-old played 50 games for Chelsea last season, the majority of them as captain under Mauricio Pochettino, but as of yet the Blues still have not entered into official talks over a new contract for the midfielder despite him having only 12 months left on his current deal.

New Chelsea boss Enzo Maresca also appears to be looking to bring his former Leicester midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall with him to Stamford Bridge after a sparkling season in the Championship. What that potential move means for Gallagher's game time remains to be seen, with the Blues player having spoken publicly about wanting to stay at the club.

Postecoglou is known to be a big admirer of Gallagher. During his recent ITV stint as a pundit at Euro 2024, the Australian spoke about Gallagher's energy and how good he is at retaining the ball.

Across London but also within the England camp and the noises coming out of Crystal Palace are a growing insistence that Eberechi Eze is not for sale this summer following the impending departure of Michael Olise to Bayern Munich. That would appear to suggest that the reported release clause in Eze's deal is more complicated than initially thought. also understands that Tottenham also have an interest in highly-rated Rennes midfielder Desire Doue, who turned 19 this month.

The versatile French midfielder is being watched by many of Europe's top sides and can play anywhere across the midfield, having turned out in the centre of midfield as well as on both the left wing and right wing at times over the recent campaign in Ligue 1. The teenager became more of a regular starter in the second half of the season and managed eight goal involvements in the final 19 matches.

Another talented teenager Tottenham have a firm interest in is Leeds United's Archie Gray. The 18-year-old is rated as one of the brightest young players in the country right now, and has already been name-checked by England boss Gareth Southgate. The teenager is mainly a central midfielder, but played much of last season to great effect as a right-back, which would mark him out as a potential inverted right-back in Postecoglou's system.

As with Doue, many of Europe's top sides are tracking the availability of Gray, with Leeds needing to raise money this summer but believed to be loathe to lose the popular academy product, who has been valued at around £50million and played 50 matches for them last season as they missed out on promotion after losing the play-off final to Southampton.

There are further options on Lange's midfield shortlist as Tottenham look to lean heavily on data-driven transfers, something Postecoglou was also keen to push this summer, to ensure that those chosen fit his system perfectly to avoid the expensive errors of the past.

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