Rumour mill: Spurs linked to Euro 2016 winning midfielder

The latest findings from the rumour mill see Tottenham linked to Sporting Lisbon star Adrien Silva in a deal that would be expected to cost the club £13m.

The Portuguese international, who was born and raised in France until the age of 11, has spent almost the entirety of his career at Sporting barring a loan spell to Maccabi Haifa and an extended period away to Academica.

The 27 year old featured sporadically for Portugal over the summer as they won an historic first European Championship, playing 66 minutes in the final.

Adrien in action at the Euros

Adrien could prove the perfect foil to the options that the club already has at its disposal, a creative midfielder able to play make from deep or adopt a position higher up the pitch (either at ten or on the left of a three), providing competition and cover for the likes of Dele, Lamela and Eriksen.

The diminutive midfielder, who is well renowned for his exceptional technical ability and eye for a pass in the final third, bagged himself seven league goals in 20 outings for Sporting last season and could well appeal to Pochettino as an impact player.

Whilst there may not yet be any reliable sources linking the creative 27 year old to the club, just The Express, the fee being touted would represent a pretty solid Levy-esque coup in the modern climate; a place where even the relatively mundane Yannick Bolasie has moved on for a staggering £25m.

Tottenham have already dipped into the market to bolster the midfield options, however, with Mason and Carroll failing to impress and Nabil Bentaleb on the fringes of the squad, Pochettino could be tempted to make further additions in the area before the window closes.

Here’s the player in action for his club.

Written by Joe Thomas

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