Daniel Levy's imaginary shortlist: Balázs Dzsudzsák

Dmitry Korotayev

For the first time, I am discussing a player who has not really been linked with Spurs in the past, but could be available during the current transfer window. Balázs Dzsudzsák is a talented Hungarian winger who has been hyped up for many years and has yet to break into a top league, but looks set to do so in the near future.

The Basics

Name: Balázs Dzsudzsák

Age: 26

Team: Dinamo Moscow

League: SOGAZ Football Championship (Russia)

Primary position: Wide attacking midfielder

Can also play: Piano accordion

Don't ask me why.

The Specifics

Dzsudzsák is a very capable utility winger with a rocket of a left foot. He plays as a right winger who cuts in constantly for Dinamo, yet plays wide left for Hungary and switches play between pinging in crosses and driving in from the touchline to act as a goal threat, similar to Gareth Bale's play for Tottenham. As a right winger, Dzsudzsák would serve the "Hulk" role were AVB to transition to his preferred 4-3-3. Whilst serving this role, he could also serve as a more than capable backup to Bale, and a trio of wing players consisting of Bale, Dzsudzsák and Lennon would account for almost any type of wing play that Villas-Boas would want to play.

Dzsudzsák first broke into senior football at the age of 19 in 2006 for Debreceni VSC in the Hungarian top division. Consistent impressive performances led to a transfer to PSV Eindhoven in January 2008, where he instantly became a part of the first team. Over the next three and a half seasons, he missed only 5 league games, scoring 44 league goals in the process. This impressive spell in the Netherlands gave Dzsudzsák the chance to move to Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, although he took time to slot into the first team. After only half a season at Anzhi, Dinamo paid his £16 million release clause.

Since joining Dinamo, the Hungarian has become automatic first choice for the Moscow-based team, but injuries hampered his first half season at the club. So far this season, Dzsudzsák has missed only two games and scored 4 goals (and provided 6 assists) in the process, a not-unimpressive tally for a player of his style who is still learning to fit into Dinamo. The issue that Dzsudzsák has had is that he has struggled to replicate his Eredivisie tallies in the more physical Russian Premier League, although the less physical English game could come as a relief to him.

The Verdict

Likely price: £17.5 million. Transfermarkt reports £12.6 million, which is entirely too low.

Probability that valuation is wrong: Moderate. Whilst Dzsudzsák has a reported release clause of £25 million, Dinamo are not exactly a rich club and a fee of, at most, £20 million would probably be enough for Dinamo to cash in.

Team's willingness to sell: Moderate. Dinamo have enough coverage through the wings to be able to cope without the Hungarian and a decent fee should be enough to convince Dinamo to sell.

Fit at Tottenham Hotspur: Dzsudzsák would be a good injection of goalscoring ability, versatility and depth to Tottenham and would give options to AVB when Spurs need to break down rough defences, and the Premier League could serve as his personal playground after having experienced the very rough Russian league.

Possibility he ends up at Spurs: Moderate. Dzsudzsák has already signalled his intent to leave Russia in the winter transfer window, with a preferred destination of either Germany or Spain. Despite this, both Benfica and Fenerbahce are keeping tabs on the Hungarian and Spurs are arguably a more attractive prospect than either of those two. A move could happen providing no German or Spanish teams come calling.

Grade if this transfer goes through at likely price: B

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