It's necessary to include all the usual caveats here: This is The Mirror, so take it with an entire salt mine. Having said that, The Mirror is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur director of football Franco Baldini and president Daniel Levy are in Amsterdam to meet with Ajax and seal a deal for attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen's star has fallen a bit in the last couple of years, but he's still one of the Eredivisie's best attacking midfielders and he's still only 21 years old. He probably should have made the jump to a bigger league a year earlier, but his willingness to stay at Ajax and their willingness to keep him around has probably driven down his price a bit, now that he's at the end of his contract. Spurs can probably get him for a price south of £15m, which would be some excellent business.
For those who are unfamiliar, Eriksen first started appearing for Ajax in the 2009-10 season. He went on to impress at the 2010 World Cup as a youngster, then establish himself as first choice at Ajax the following season. Last year, he scored 13 goals in 46 total appearances for Ajax.
Eriksen is best in the hole behind a center forward, but has played as the most attacking midfielder in a midfield three and has a bit of experience in a double pivot. He's unlikely to make that eventual Luka Modric or Marco Verratti-style move backwards into a deep-lying playmaker role, and is probably just a pure attacking midfielder. He also has minimal experience on the wing and it's doubtful that he'd fare well there initially if thrown into that spot.
That same Mirror story also links us to Lazio's Hernanes and Valencia's Ever Banega, because reasons.
But, you know, The Mirror. Salt mine.
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