Tottenham Hotspur are negotiating a bid for Dutch sharpshooter Vincent Janssen, with Mauricio Pochettino spotted in Dublin a few weeks back looking at the striker during an international friendly between Holland and Ireland.
The Spurs manager is desperate for cover for star man Harry Kane next season as they enter the Champions League next season – Irish striker Shane Long has also been linked in recent weeks.
Sky Sports are reporting that Spurs and Janssen’s club AZ Alkmaar have agreed a £12 million fee. To get to know the latest Dutch striker to move to the Premier League we dug up some quickfire facts on him.
The goal getter has been compared to one previous Premier League Dutch import, Ruud van Nistelrooy. The former Manchester United poacher lit up the Premiership with his aggression and predatory instincts – many dutch football experts put Janssen in the same bracket, could he be the perfect partner for the more rounded Harry Kane?
The Dutch striker has only recently turned 22 but he was one of the top strikers in Europe this season. This term he was top scorer in the Dutch top flight with 26 goals in 33 appearances, or an average of 0.78 per game. One more than his potential new strike partner, Harry Kane.
He’s from good stock
Janssen’s rise to the top may not be the biggest surprise given he comes from a sporting family. His mother, Annemarie Verstappen, is a former world champion freestyle swimmer, who won three medals at the 1984 summer Olympics. Cue Ashley Young jokes.
Spurs fans, to get you in the mood here is a snippet of his performance against England a few months back.
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran