Spurs reach financial agreement with AZ Alkmaar
Tottenham are close to completing the £18.8 million signing of AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen with it understood that the two clubs agreed a fee last Friday.
The 22-year-old, who was named the Eredivisie top scorer in his breakthrough campaign for AZ, is understood to be in north London to finalise his move from Holland, to the Premier League.
Spurs had an initial £15 million bid rejected two weeks ago, after baseball expert Billy Beane told the Dutch outfit that Janssen was worth more than the north Londoner’s offer.
However, Tottenham were happy to return with a bigger offer for the player who had grown frustrated that negotiations between the two clubs had not progressed.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, his assistant Jesus Perez and head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, had scouted Janssen during Holland’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland, and look to have beaten off interest from both Paris Saint-Germain and Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg’s interested dipped after having their £15 million bid turned down, while PSG ended their attempts to sign the Holland international, who netted in two of his three appearances for his country last season, after becoming aware of Janssen’s interest in moving to White Hart Lane.
Janssen netted 28 times in 40 appearances for Alkmaar, last campaign, with 27 of those goals coming in the league. And the player visited Spurs’ training ground last month, after being given permission by his parent club.
Alkmaar paid just €400,000 to purchase Janssen from second division Dutch side Almere City.