Tottenham and Aston Villa enter race for Dutch-Nigerian forward alongside Manchester United

Posted : 25 January 2024

Aston Villa and Tottenham have reportedly entered the competition to secure the services of the highly sought-after Dutch-Nigerian forward, Joshua Zirkzee. 


According to reports from Tuttomercaoweb via TEAMtalk, these Premier League clubs are now in contention with Manchester United and AC Milan for the signature of the promising talent currently playing for Bologna.


Tottenham, still in search of a suitable replacement for Harry Kane following his departure to Bayern Munich last summer, has faced challenges relying on Richarlison and, at times, Son Heung-min as their main central forward throughout the season. 


Despite signing Timo Werner, who can also play in that position, the German international's loan deal poses uncertainty, potentially leading to a return to RB Leipzig at the end of the season.


On the other hand, Aston Villa has expressed interest in the Netherlands youth international, Joshua Zirkzee, with the aim of securing a reliable backup for their primary striker, Ollie Watkins. 


Currently, Unai Emery has Jhon Durán as a deputy for Watkins, but the Colombian striker has struggled to make a significant impact, scoring just two goals in 12 Premier League games this season.


As the interest in Zirkzee continues to grow, there are indications that Bologna prefers to sell him outside of Italy. This preference aligns with the reported interest from English clubs, making the prospect of acquiring Zirkzee more encouraging for Aston Villa and Tottenham, who are actively looking to strengthen their squads in the ongoing transfer window. 


The competition for the young forward's signature adds intrigue to the transfer market, and the preferences of Bologna may influence the final destination of Joshua Zirkzee.

 

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