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Report: Spurs have ‘come strong’ for left-back ahead of January transfer window

Multiple outlets are now reporting that Tottenham Hotspur have expressed a strong interest in Palmeiras star Joaquin Piquerez ahead of the January transfer window.

Piquerez, a versatile player who can play both left back and left wing back, has been a standout performer in the Brazilian Serie A in recent years. He is now a regular in the Uruguay national team.

Aston Villa

Spurs and Aston Villa both like Joaquin Piquerez

Journalist Diego Firmino has now taken to X (formerly Twitter) to reveal that several clubs, including Spurs, have conducted surveys about the 25-year-old.

The reporter continues, “Aston Villa and Marseille are also closely monitoring the player ahead of January.”

Bolvaip Brazil, who is cited by Sport Witness as supporting this information, has hinted that Piquerez might be heading to the Premier League and has named Tottenham and Villa as the two teams vying for his services.

According to the source, Palmeiras would be open to taking €10 million (£8.7 million) in January for the left-back.

Piquerez may have drawn the attention of Tottenham scouts when they were scouting Sebastian Caceres, his international teammate. Tottenham has plenty of options at left back, so I would be shocked if they made a move for the Palmeiras star in January.


Journalist claims player who left Spurs last year has become ‘a sack of potatoes’

Journalist Sjourd Mossou has said that former Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn has now fallen off considerably, describing the Ajax star as ‘a sack of potatoes’.

When Bergwijn left the Spurs in the summer of 2022, some fans were disappointed because they believed the Dutchman had not been given as many opportunities as he should have, especially under Antonio Conte.

The 26-year-old appeared to have been well worth the €31.25 million (£26.8 million) that Ajax paid for him after his stellar start to life at the Johan Cruyff Arena, but his play declined toward the end of the previous campaign.

Steven Bergwijn

Steven Bergwijn continues to struggle at Ajax

The Netherlands international, who has scored four goals in ten appearances across all competitions, has fluctuated in and out of the starting eleven thus far this season (Transfermarkt).

A few weeks ago, Dutch writer Valentijn Driessen made the suggestion that Ajax might try to ship the former Spurs player to Saudi Arabia when the transfer window opens in January (Voetbal Zone).

The Eredivisie giants are currently languishing in 17th place after a disastrous start to the season. Mossou has expressed astonishment at the caretaker coach Hedwiges Maduro’s decision to give Bergwijn the armband.

He told Voetbal Zone (as translated by Sport Witness): “Everyone agrees that Bergwijn should not be captain.

Maybe it was just a cunning ploy to get him going, and maybe he would eventually see sense.

He’s turned into a burden, like a potato sack on your back. Although Josip Sutalo isn’t perfect, in my opinion, he is a more sensible captain than Bergwijn. It is inconceivable how low he has fallen. Of course, for a player with thirty million euros in net worth. That was a very painful, long time ago.

Even though Bergwijn’s play has declined significantly over the past 12 months, Bergwijn cannot be held responsible for Ajax’s current situation. Any attacking player finds it challenging to contribute to a team that finds it difficult to move the ball forward and create opportunities.

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