Tottenham Ready to Move for Barcelona Midfielder

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Tottenham Hotspur are leading the Premier League race to sign wantaway Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, reports Sport.

The 24-year-old Portugal international is also being monitored by West Ham United, whose interest has forced their north London rivals into action.

Mauricio Pochettino likes Gomes’ versatility with David Moyes, disappointed at missing out on Sporting Clube’s William Carvalho, 26, last summer, concerned at the lack of drive and depth in the Hammers midfield as they struggle to maintain their Premier League status.

Spurs Argentinean boss is convinced Gomes has the tools to compete at the highest level of the English game and is keen to strengthen his squad, particularly with strong interest in Dele Alli, 22, from Real Madrid.

Gomes cost the Blaugrana €55m, including €20m in bonuses, one of which was €15m if he won the Balon d’Or. That’s how highly Valencia thought of him yet he has so far failed to scale those heights at the Camp Nou or to show anything more than tantalising glimpses of that potential.

The stumbling block might be the €100m release clause contained in his contract. Tottenham and West Ham both have tough negotiations ahead if they want one of Europe’s most highly-rated young players to reignite his career in London.