Tottenham ‘interested’ in speedy Aurier replacement, says respected source
Brighton wing-back Tariq Lamptey is on the radar of Tottenham this summer, despite the club still waiting to appoint a new manager.
Graham Potter took a chance on Lamptey when he signed the attacking wing-back from Chelsea in January 2020. The speedy 20-year-old impressed for the Seagulls and he started this season in terrific form.
However he picked up a hamstring injury in December which ended his season. He made just 11 Premier League starts but with three assists and one goal he had plenty of scouts tracking his progress.
And now it appears that Spurs technical director Steve Hitchen is “interested” in a deal for Lamptey.
According to Sky Sports Spurs are keen on the England Under-21 star. A deal though will not be easy with Lamptey under contract until 2025.
The London-born defender committed his long-term future to Brighton in January, whilst he was sidelined through injury. That shows just how much Potter thinks of the former Chelsea man.
Spurs are also likely to have to get new managing director of football Fabio Paratici to sign off the deal, not to mention their new coach – when he or she arrives.
After transfer guru aratici’s arrival, ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is now close to entering the dugout.
Indeed, Spurs reportedly agreed a deal in principle with the Portuguese last Friday.
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Brighton are understood to have paid between £4million to £6million for Lamptey 18 months ago. They will be loathed to see him leave after plucking him from Chelsea’s Under-23s, but a figure approaching £20million might be enough to signal his departure.
Tottenham’s interest in the attacking defender comes with Serge Aurier poised to depart the north London club. Aurier has been close to leaving previously, but after refusing to sign a new contract he looks likely to move on this summer.
In May the PSG-linked defender told L’Equipe, via Goal: “Everyone is aware that if I wanted to extend my deal at Tottenham, I would’ve done so already.
“I’m not going to do it in six months. I’ve reached the end of a cycle and it’s time to look elsewhere. The two parties, Tottenham’s board and my agents, have agreed upon the conditions. We’ll see after that.”
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