Tottenham Hotspur are plotting a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu after the player's agent confirmed that the White Hart Lane outfit had registered an interest in signing his client.
According to Sky Sports, Mauricio Pochettino is keen on adding another creative player to the squad and has identified the Turkey international as the perfect candidate to compliment Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, who are the chief creators at the moment.
"It is true that Tottenham has registered their interest with me. We check," Calhanoglu's agent Bektas Demirtas told German publication Expresson Tuesday (23 August).
The 22-year-old midfielder, who can also play in the wide areas, has been impressive for Leverkusen in the last two seasons scoring 21 goals and providing 22 assists in 93 appearances in all competitions. According to German publication Bild, the Bundesliga club will consider selling him only if interested clubs meet their valuation, which is said to be around €25m (£21.3m, $28.1m).
The Sky Sports report, however, suggests that the club will now be reluctant to let the Turkish midfielder leave, after initially showing an inclination to a transfer, due to the recent injury picked up by Javier Hernandez. The Mexican will be sidelined for a minimum of two weeks after breaking his hand.
Pochettino has confirmed that the club could sign as many as three playersmore before the close of the transfer window, while a number of players are also expected to leave. Midfield trio Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll have all been deemed surplus to requirements and are in talks with rival clubs over potential moves away from White Hart Lane.
Tottenham, however, are not the only interested club as talkSPORT understands that north London rivals Arsenal and Manchester United are also keeping tabs on the developments and could join the race if Leverkusen decide to sanction a move.