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Transfer Rumor: Spurs lining up bid for Portuguese youth international this summer

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Could this Galatasaray winger be Tottenham’s Sissoko replacement?

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Much has been made this season of the struggles of Moussa Sissoko at Tottenham. He only signed from Newcastle less than nine months ago, but has been such a disappointment that it seems almost certain that he will be sold by Mauricio Pochettino this summer.

The question then becomes, who will Spurs look to sign to replace the French winger?

One name that has come up quite a bit is Bruma of Galatasaray. And now the links between him and Spurs are becoming more concrete, with his agent even speaking about Premier League interest.

The site Turkish-Football, has more information on the possible transfer.

A source close to the Istanbul giants have revealed to Turkish-Football that informal talks have been held with Tottenham regarding Bruma.

Per the source the two parties have struck a deal in the region of £12.5 million.

However, a formal bid has yet to be made and Tottenham have not discussed personal terms with Bruma.

Bruma is understood to be keen on a move to the Premier League and will have just a year remaining on his contract this summer.

Contract talks between Galatasaray and the Portugal U21 international have stalled. The Lions are unwilling to match Bruma’s contract demands.

Bruma’s representative in Turkey, Marco Kirdemir recently revealed to Turkish-Football that he has received offers from the Premier League.

“I have received offers for Bruma, Premier League sides are interested in him and he is more than capable of playing in that league,” Kirdemir said.

This certainly qualifies as a rumor, but it’s not bat country. Spurs have been linked with Bruma for a while, and the quotes from his agent hint that there is already interest in him from the Premier League. It would make sense if Tottenham are one of the sides that has expressed said interest.

Wilfried Zaha is another player that the Lilywhites have been linked to, but Bruma would be substantially cheaper.

Bruma is 22, and has appeared for Portugal’s U21’s, despite being born in Guinea-Bissau.

He signed for Galatasaray in 2013 after coming through Sporting CP’s youth system. Bruma has 8 goals and 6 assists, in 23 league appearances, for the Turkish giants this season.

He primarily plays as a right winger, but can also play on the left. If this transfer materializes, it would be the third straight summer that Spurs have purchased a young winger. But Bruma seems to be more highly thought of than Clinton N’Jie and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou were before their moves to North London.

Silly season is almost upon us, and while this is far from a done deal, Bruma is one name to watch as Tottenham head into the summer transfer window.