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Tottenham set for summer transfer approach as Ange Postecoglou eyes key addition

AZ Alkmaar are keen to keep Troy Parrott in the Eredivisie next season after the young Tottenham Hotspur striker scored plenty of goals for relegated Excelsior Rotterdam, football.london understands.

The 22-year-old netted 17 goals and laid on five assists on loan at 16th-placed Excelsior across the campaign, including two hat-tricks in the play-off stages of the Dutch leagues which decided whether the team from the Eredivisie would drop down or another side from the second division would come up from the Eerste Divisie.

Despite a man of the match performance from Parrott in the second leg of their final play-off match against NAC Breda which brought Excelsior back at home from a 6-2 defeat in the first leg to a 6-6 aggregate score, the visitors scored another goal in the second half on Sunday to condemn Parrott's loan side to relegation and hand Breda a spot in the top flight next season.

The fact that Parrott scored freely for a struggling side, either side of a quad injury which kept him out for six weeks from March into April, has not gone unnoticed by teams at the top of the Eredivisie, as well as clubs in Italy and back home in the Championship in England.

football.london understands that AZ Alkmaar are currently showing the most interest in signing Parrott from Tottenham. Alkmaar finished fourth in the Eredivisie this season, nine points ahead of Ajax, and will believe that Parrott's goals can fire them up the table in the next campaign.

Parrott, who is now on international duty with John O'Shea's Republic of Ireland squad, has spent five loan spells away from Tottenham, at Millwall, Ipswich, MK Dons and Preston with varying degrees of success in the Football League until that loan in the Eredivisie with Excelsior Rotterdam this season really sparked his development.

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football.london has previously reported that Parrott's hope has always been to break through at Spurs and make a real impact at the club, to add to the four appearances he made for the club as a teenager.

However, Parrott never really got to catch Ange Postecoglou's eye last year thanks to a groin injury which ruled him out of last summer's pre-season tour to Perth, Bangkok and Singapore and the move to Rotterdam was agreed a couple of weeks after the squad returned to the UK with Richarlison and Son Heung-min the striker options and youngster Dane Scarlett having impressed Postecoglou on that tour.

With his eye for goal, movement and technique, Parrott has developed this season and got stronger and has a year left on his contract, with the club holding an option to extend it by another 12 months to 2026.

That Tottenham are looking to sign another striker this summer for Postecoglou indicates that Parrott could be surplus to requirements, unless his club-trained status proves to be tempting for their Europa League squad. If not then Spurs may instead look to take the money while the young Irishman's stock is on the rise.

Parrott holds a EU passport which also makes it easier for foreign clubs like Alkmaar to take him without work permit issues.

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