Seemingly fed up with West Bromwich Albion’s stance over not selling Saido Berahino, Tottenham Hotspur have moved fast to close in on signing another forward: Heung-Min Son.
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Sky Sports in the UK is reporting that Spurs have agreed a fee, believed to be $34 million according to reports in Germany, with Bayer Leverkusen for the South Korean forward who can play through the middle or out wide.
Other reports in Germany suggested Son is already in London undergoing a medical and could wrap up his move to White Hart Lane in the coming days, but it is now believed that he is with Bayer as they aim to overcome a 1-0 first leg deficit in their UEFA Champions League playoff second leg match against Lazio at the BayArena on Wednesday.
All of this comes after Spurs had a bid rejected for West Brom’s Berahino last week and the England striker has since had a transfer request turned down by the Baggies. With Spurs desperately needing reinforcements up top to help Harry Kane — Kane has failed to score in three outings so far this season and has had little help in attack — perhaps they will move for Son instead of Berahino. Although seperate reports on Wednesday suggested that Erik Lamela is on his way to Inter Milan, which could free up a spot for Son to come in out wide and Spurs will then continue their pursuit of Berahino.
Son has scored 21 goals in 62 Bundesliga games for Leverkusen, while scoring five times in 19 Champions League appearances following his move from Hamburg in 2013. His flexibility to play anywhere in Spurs’ preferred front three and experience playing as a second-striker behind a targetman suggest he would be the perfect foil to work in tandem with Kane.
After spending his entire youth career and six years as a professional in the Bundesliga, it seems increasingly likely Son is heading to London.