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Spurs eying transfer bid for 12-goal Portuguese attacking midfielder

Spurs have been tracking Rafa Silva, who plays for Braga in the Portuguese league.

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Tottenham continue to get linked to attacking midfielders in this window. With the confirmation of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou coming sometime this week, there’s already a glut of bodies in the forward attacking band. Now we can add a new potential target! The Evening Standard says that Spurs are considering making an offer for Sporting Braga midfielder Rafa Silva.

Rafa has apparently been on Spurs’ shortlist for a while now. A full Portugal international at the age of 23, he scored 12 goals and notched eight assists in 3700 minutes for Braga in Liga NOS last season, and was also a part of the Portugal squad that won the European Championships this summer (though, to be fair, he was only on the pitch for literally one minute in Portugal’s scoreless draw with Austria). He’s a pacy, fast-dribbly kind of midfielder who mostly played on the left last season which sounds odd when you consider that sounds an awful lot like N’Koudou.

Spurs already have an attacking midfield stable of Erik Lamela – Dele Alli – Christian Eriksen / Son Heung-Min – Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – Josh Onomah, and that’s not even counting Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason, and Alex Pritchard, all of whom might (or might not!) be sold this season. That’s a lot of AMs.

The quoted price is £10m, which isn’t bad for a young, full Portuguese international midfielder, and I admit it’d be kind of neat to have a Rafa on the squad again. I don’t immediately hate the idea, but if this is a thing we better start selling people.