Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of PSV Eindhoven forward Steven Bergwijn has gone from zero to 60 in record time, and if reports coming out of Holland are to be believed, it’s getting even hotter. According to one Dutch journalist, Bergwijn not only removed himself from PSV’s lineup for their Eredivisie match against Twente today, he’s allegedly in London... without his club’s permission.
So PSV gave Steven Bergwijn no permission to fly to London to have his medical with Spurs... https://t.co/BXmT4KI8Wa— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) January 26, 2020
Here’s a quick adjusted Google translate of Wijffels’ tweet:
Just to be clear: Bergwijn has received NO permission from PSV to fly to Spurs for a medical examination. And he called Ernest Faber himself this morning and said: I’m not playing. Bewilderment in the #PSV camp is big.
Remember when Moussa Sissoko was on his way to the airport to get on a plane to sign with Everton, only to turn off his phone, turn the car around, and drive to Tottenham? This feels a little like that. It also has a touch of “the Odemwingie” in it as well — in 2013, West Brom’s Peter Odemwingie drove himself to QPR to basically beg QPR to sign him. The difference, of course, being that Odemwingie did apparently have the permission of his club to drive to London.
ESPN is now reporting that Bergwijn in fact did travel to London on his own to sign with Spurs, and if it’s true, he’s basically gone AWOL. (You should be careful with ESPN football reports, especially ones without an author’s name attached, however.)
Whether this will have a detrimental impact on Tottenham’s negotiations with PSV for Bergwijn’s transfer fee remains to be seen, but for right now this transfer just got 100% more awesome.