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Spurs swoop for Pjanic

Would Tottenham Hotspur really add Miralem Pjanic without selling Gareth Bale?

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with AS Roma playmaker/winger Miralem Pjanic throughout the summer, and we've got a fresh link on Friday night. The Mirror is reporting that Franco Baldini is moving for one of his former employer's stars, who they call a '£15m rated' player.

Given the language in the article -- 'made an approach' instead of 'bid', '£15m-rated' instead of '£15m bid', etc. -- take this with a grain of salt. Also, you know, The Mirror.

Pjanic started his career as an attacking central midfielder, but has played more on the wing than in the center for Roma. He could play as a left winger, in the hole or as the attacking-most midfielder in a midfield three for Tottenham Hotspur, depending on the fitness of other players and how Andre Villas-Boas wants to use him. His versatility is probably his biggest asset, and given that he's 23 and probably still improving, there would be a chance to make a profit on a resale if we paid £15m.

However, Spurs are pretty loaded at attacking midfield and wide spots and would probably have to make a sale of some sort for this move to make sense. Since the Bale deal looks to have stalled and we've heard no rumors of a Gylfi Sigurdsson departure, I find this rumor a bit hard to believe. Anyone else want to explain how we fit Pjanic in if we don't sell anyone?

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