Postecoglou wants Tottenham to re-sign an old academy graduate
According to The Sunday People – (25/6; page 61) Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move to re-sign Cameron Carter-Vickers from Celtic.
Carter-Vickers was seen by many at Spurs as an extremely promising talent while making his way through the age group ranks of the club’s academy.
Former boss Mauricio Pochettino even suggested back in 2017 that the centre-back had the potential to become ‘the best defender in England’ (Football.London).
However, the USA International struggled to break into the Tottenham first team, making a total of just five senior appearances for the North London club (Transfermarkt).
Following a successful loan stint at Celtic during the 2021-22 season, the Scottish giants took the option to buy Carter-Vickers permanently for £6m last summer, and the 25-year-old enjoyed another impressive season at Parkhead, playing a crucial role in the Bhoys’ historic treble win last season.
Postecoglou is keen on a reunion with Carter-Vickers
The Sunday People have now suggested that a return to Tottenham could be on the cards for the centre-back this summer.
It is explained that Postecolgou wants the Spurs hierarchy to raid his former club for Carter-Vickers as he goes about strengthening the Lilywhites’ backline ahead of his first season in charge.
The difference in quality between the Scottish Premiership and the Premier League is so vast that it would not make much sense to sign any player based on their performances up north.
However, Postecoglou has worked with Carter-Vickers closely for two years and would understand the 25-year-old’s strengths and weaknesses better than most.
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Contact made by agents: Tottenham handed opportunity to sign £26m giant who “spooks defenders”
Tottenham: Spurs offered chance to sign Beto
Tottenham Hotspur have now been handed the opportunity to sign Udinese striker Beto, who will be available for €30m (£26m) this summer, according to a report from Defensa Central.
What’s the latest Tottenham transfer news?
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is highly unlikely to sanction a sale of Harry Kane this summer, however new options at striker are still being considered, with Ange Postecoglou keen to reunite with Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi.
The Hoops may be tempted to accept a bid of £16m for the Japanese forward, however returning manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted he is not worried about Postecoglou raiding his former club.
Beto has recently been subject to interest from Everton, with the Toffees even making a bid for the striker back in the January transfer window, and his services have now been offered to a number of top clubs across Europe.
According to a report from Defensa Central, the Udinese star’s agents have been in contact with the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli and Tottenham to discuss a potential summer move, however at the moment there is no concrete interest.
Udinese want to keep hold of the 25-year-old for the 2023-24 campaign, and they will only sanction his departure if his release clause, which amounts to €30m (£26m), is paid in full.
At the moment, none of the clubs that have been contacted are willing to match the Italian club’s asking price.
Who is Beto?
The Portuguese marksman first made a name for himself with Portimonense, registering 16 goal contributions in 47 games, before completing a €10m (£8.6m) move to Udinese in August 2021, where he has continued to impress.
In his first two seasons in the Serie A, the Lisbon-born attacker has reached double figures for goals, netting on ten occasions in the 2022-23 season, a very respectable return given that Udinese ended up finishing 12th.
Evidently, the former Portimonense man would find it very difficult to get game time at Tottenham if Kane stays this summer, given that the England captain scored a remarkable 30 goals in the Premier League last season, however he could still be a worthwhile signing.
Journalist Sam Tighe has claimed that Beto “spooks defenders” with the runs he makes in the channel, and at 6 foot 4, he could be a good option to bring off the bench when Tottenham are chasing a game and implement a more direct system.
BREAKING NEWS: Spurs has reached agreement on signing £25m “monster”, it’ll be Postecoglou’s first masterclass
Edmond Tapsoba could be Postecoglou’s first masterclass
The deal Spurs could acquire on this highly-rated titan could mark a fine coup
Tottenham Hotspur could be set to secure the first true Ange Postecoglou signing this summer, if reports are to be believed…
What’s the latest on Edmond Tapsoba to Tottenham Hotspur?
The latest comes from the Daily Star, who suggest that Spurs are on the verge of signing Edmond Tapsoba from Bayer Leverkusen.
Despite welcoming Dujan Kulusevski to north London on a permanent move, this was a deal that had been a year and a half in the making, and crucially forged by Antonio Conte when the Swede was first loaned.
The Australian seems to still be scoping out where his squad needs boosting, and who the right men to fill those spots are.
In this hulking central defender, for whom a £25m bid is reportedly on the table, they could immediately bolster their back line with a cut-price swoop.
Considering the German club had demanded a fee of around €70m (£61m) back in 2021, this would mark a sensational transfer masterclass, as they are noted as ‘very close’ to sealing the deal.
How good is Edmond Tapsoba?
Whilst the price alone would make this a phenomenal deal, the player they would acquire is also arguably the perfect man to step into Postecoglou’s side with ease.
His ability on the ball is arguably preferred to his outright defensive qualities, and for a side that will seek to dominate possession, a centre-back with a quality akin to his will be imperative.
After all, when compared to others in his position across Europe, he ranks in the top 5% for progressive passes, the top 8% for progressive carries and the top 6% for successful take-ons per 90, via FBref.
This paints the picture of a defender so supremely confident with the ball at his feet, yet standing at 6 foot 4, he has the physical qualities to remain a staunch defender. Journalist Antonio Mango sought to outline this, branding him a “monster” back in 2020.
To compare him to others within the Spurs squad, it is clear that he would walk in as the shining light for what their Australian boss will crave.
His 86% pass accuracy and 89% dribble success rate in the Bundesliga last term would have had him ranked joint-third and first respectively among Spurs’ centre-backs, had he been a part of last year’s disaster in north London.
He added a further 1.5 tackles and three clearances per game too, not to discredit his solidity.
It is for all these reasons, plus the huge coup they are set to claim, that make Tapsoba sure to be the first of many masterclasses Postecoglou will hope to perform in N17