Tottenham are close to making their first signing of the summer after agreeing a fee for AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen with the Eredivisie club. Mauricio Pochettino is keen on landing the free-scoring forward to provide cover for Harry Kane – the 2015/16 Premier League golden boot winner.
According to the Mirror, the White Hart Lane outfit have agreed to pay the Dutch club a fee of around £12m ($17.4m) to sign the Eredivisie's top scorer. The two clubs have agreed on the fee and negotiations are underway with the player and his representatives, who are said to have travelled to London to finalise the deal.
Pochettino's main priority is to sign a striker in the summer, as he is keen to ease the burden on Kane, who is the only recognised forward in the current Spurs squad. The England international scored 25 goals in the league last season, but the team were short of options if their top marksman failed to fire in a particular game. Janssen can provide ideal cover and is not short of goals after netting 27 goals in 34 games for AZ Alkmaar.
The 21-year-old has also broken into the Netherlands setup following a prolific season, and has netted three goals in his last four appearances. The Argentine manager along with his assistant and head of recruitment have scouted him in recent months and are keen to conclude the deal at the earliest.
Apart from Tottenham, Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid, Serie A giants AC Milan and Bundesliga's Wolfsburg have shown interest in the striker. Dutch giants Feyenoord, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven are also keen, but the player has admitted that he is keen on a move abroad rather than remain in his homeland.
"I can look back on a great season. For me to score so many goals and get in the Holland team and also to score against England at Wembley makes it the best football year of my life," Janssen said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"I am ready for a big step up. To be realistic the big Dutch clubs cannot afford me. That's not because of my wages, it's the transfer fee," he added.