Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett has been speaking live on air about Tottenham Hotspur’s position on potentially signing Philippe Coutinho this month.
It is believed the Brazilian midfielder will depart La Liga giants Barcelona at some point this month, and Dorsett has insisted there are a number of Premier League clubs open to signing him.
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However, the Sky Sports man has revealed, after asking his sources, that Spurs are not one of the clubs looking at the 29-year-old as an option in the January window.
Reports on Wednesday emerged suggesting Coutinho could be in line for a potential reunion with his former teammate Steven Gerrard, with Aston Villa said to have opened talks for the playmaker.
Despite initially believing Spurs were interested, having done some digging on the matter, Dorsett had the following to say about a potential move to north London for Coutinho:
“We’ve told you on Sky Sports News that there are six Premier League clubs interested. I told you a couple of hours ago that I thought Arsenal, Spurs and Newcastle were three of those. Spurs aren’t, we’ve checked that out. Arsenal and Newcastle, we’re still making enquiries about.”
TIF Thoughts on Coutinho to Spurs…
We are well aware the last few years have been somewhat underwhelming for Coutinho, who had previously lit the Premier League up during his time with Liverpool (via Transfermarkt).
However, we do think if Spurs were able to bring him in on manageable wages, he could be a player who could improve Antonio Conte’s side.
Spurs have had serious issues this season with creating goals from the midfield, with just one of their players occupying a central role in the midfield providing more than one assist this season.
And that lack of threat was evident on Wednesday night against Chelsea, with a severe lack of opportunities from open play being created. It would likely see Spurs having to invest heavily in his wages, however, we think there would be worse gambles for them to take than to bring Coutinho in this month.