Done and dusted! Tottenham Hotspur announced the signing of Dutch striker Vincent Janssen from Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar today on their website and via social media.
Janssen is signed to a four year contract, with the possibility of an additional two years. Final details on the transfer fee were not disclosed by the club, but it was thought to be around £18m. Janssen’s weekly wages were likewise not disclosed.
The signing will come as a relief to Tottenham fans, who endured a protracted transfer saga that included multiple bids from Spurs being rejected. Spurs reportedly had a £11m and £15m bid turned down by AZ on the advice of club advisor and “moneyball” American baseball executive Billy Beane.
Also probably relieved is one Harry Edward Kane, who now finally has a solid relief option for him as Spurs head into one of the most important seasons in recent history. Spurs will compete in the Champions League for the first time in six years, and will also have enormous pressure heaped upon them to compete for a Premier League title despite their immediate competition improving as well.
The signing of Janssen means that Spurs will probably not feel like they need to play Kane until his legs fall off, and provides a striker with a proven goal scoring record who has not yet hit his ceiling. Janssen has been tipped as the next big thing to come out of the Netherlands and has been compared to Ruud van Nistelory and Robin van Persie. He’s also the first out and out striker Tottenham has signed since Roberto Soldado, and we all remember how THAT turned out.
Welcome to Tottenham Hotspur, Vincent Janssen! Please score a lot of goals.