Well, that escalated quickly. The Vincent Janssen to Tottenham story went from speculation about whom Mauricio Pochettino was watching at an Ireland-Netherlands friendly to solid interest in major papers in just over a week. Now, a day after Janssen was reportedly in London to talk to Tottenham officials about a possible summer transfer to White Hart Lane, his parent club AZ Alkmaar has confirmed that, yes, Spurs are interested in the Dutch striker.
Alkmaar sporting director Max Huiberts directly addressed the Janssen rumors in quotes published in Voebal International:
'Een bod hebben wij nog niet ontvangen."
'Aan de ene kant is dat goed nieuws, maar aan de andere kant wekt hij met die goals ook meer interesse van andere clubs.
'En wij houden Vincent natuurlijk ook graag bij AZ volgend seizoen. Daarmee hebben we al op het een en ander ingespeeld. Mocht het tot een transfer komen van Vincent, dan gebruiken we dat geld ook om binnen de door AZ gestelde marges naar een vervanger voor hem op zoek te gaan.'
“We have not yet received an offer [from Tottenham].
“On one hand this is good news but on the other hand his goals will attract interest from other clubs.
“We love Vincent and would like him to stay at AZ next season. But we're already planning for his departure. Should Vincent leave the club we will use that money to start looking for a replacement.”
Janssen himself seems keen to move out of the Eredivisie and on to a bigger challenge, and that's probably the Premier League. But while he's also been linked with Arsenal, the Gunners are busy trying to court Leicester "fairy tale" Jamie Vardy to the Emirates.
It's thought that Alkmaar wants about £12m for Janssen, and it may be a while before this comes together, if it does. The Standard says that Spurs are working on a deal worth £10.5m. Daniel Levy will undoubtedly try and get the price down as low as possible, and these things take time. However, it does seem clear that this is no longer a spurious rumor: Spurs like Janssen and appear to have identified him as one of their major summer transfer targets.