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Tottenham target now in talks with Bundesliga club, says sporting director

Vincent Janssen has been linked with Wolfsburg, and now their sporting director confirms he’s talking with the Bundesliga club.

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It looks like the transfer of Vincent Janssen to Tottenham Hotspur may not be as smooth as what we thought. Days after Janssen was reportedly in London discussing personal terms over a possible move to North London, Wolfsburg Sporting Director Klaus Allofs has confirmed that the Dutch striker is also in talks with the Bundeliga side.

"Wir haben einige Optionen", erklärt Allofs. Eine davon ist Vincent Janssen vom AZ Alkmaar, wie der kicker bereits Mitte Mai enthüllte. Allofs bestätigt inzwischen: "Wir haben mit Janssen gesprochen." Der 22-Jährige stattete der Autostadt sogar schon einen Besuch ab, um sich umzuschauen. Laut Allofs sei man aber "nicht alleine auf dem Markt".

I haven’t really read German much since my grad school days, but the gist of it is that Wolfsburg are looking at options, and that they’ve spoken directly to Janssen. He’s reportedly made a visit to Wolfsburg to look around and consider his options, though Allofs admits that they’re not alone in trying to sign him.

At first blush, Tottenham would seem to be the more attractive option for Janssen, especially since Wolfsburg won’t be in the Champions League, and he’ll be well behind already established strikers there. Germany is a bit of an easier transition for a Dutch player than England, though, and ultimately it could come down to what the player prefers. Also keep in mind that Spurs haven’t made any official bids yet and may not until the window opens.

Janssen appears to be one of Tottenham's very top targets in the window along with Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi. AZ Alkmaar rates him at £15m. I’d strongly doubt that any moves are made before the Euros are over, but we’ll keep tracking this one in case Wolfsburg forces Spurs’ hand.