Tottenham Hotspur are still stymied from Aston Villa’s refusal to sell Jack Grealish here in the last day of the transfer window, but according to one Spanish paper they’re still keeping a close eye on Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka as a backup option.
La Voz is a Galician newspaper and is the “local” for Celta Vigo, which lends it a bit more credibility than, say, something like MARCA or one of the other Spanish papers. La Voz claims Spurs, as well as a couple of other clubs, are keeping tabs on Lobotka and might be willing to make a last-ditch bid for him before the window closes, depending on what else happens.
The article seems to think that Lobotka is a number of clubs’ “plan B” and specifically notes that Celta Vigo rejected a bid of €24m from Southampton a little earlier in the window.
We took a brief look at Lobotka yesterday — he’s small, but fairly press resistant, a reportedly excellent passer, and is ready for a move. He’s also 23 years old, so is likely still on the upward path of his development curve. In short, he’s no Kovacic, but he might be a diamond in the rough.
If Lobotka is plan B, it’s still not clear what plan A is — Grealish? Ndombele? Someone else? Spurs now have less than 22 hours to figure it out.