North-East reporter Luke Edwards has urged Newcastle to look at Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen – with him revealing that Spurs are now willing to sell the striker for £12m this month.
£12m for a talented 24-year-old striker is about as cheap as it’s going to get in this day and age, but I’d still question whether this would be a wise move – even if club reporter Luke Edwards feels we should be ‘having a look’:
Janssen arrived at Spurs for just shy of £20m in the summer of 2016 after bagging a stunning 32 goals and 7 assists for Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar.
Since then, he managed just 6 goals and 4 assists during a difficult first season in England, with rare opportunities in the side seeing him loaned to Fenerbahce last season.
He then managed just 9 starts during his year in Turkey, with his season disrupted by an ankle injury. A return of 5 goals and 4 assists was impressive given his lack of playing time, but he’s since spent the first half of this season playing in Spurs’ reserves – scoring once in two appearances.
He’s scored 7 goals in 17 appearances for the Dutch national side, is still just 24 and was scoring goals for fun in Holland just a few years ago, but £12m would still be deemed a risk by the likes of Mike Ashley given history suggests he may not be up to it in England.
In all honesty, I can’t see Ashley spending more than a few million this month and even if he did, I’d rather use any money being spent on securing Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal.