We haven’t gotten a lot of Tottenham Hotspur transfer rumors in a while. That’s almost certainly because any transfer moves Spurs will make will need to be blessed by whoever is their next manager, and we might not know that for a while yet.
However, there are a few rumors for outgoing players that are going to be evergreen, and one of them is for English-American central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Eternally the next great young defender out of Spurs academy, Cam has never really put it together at Spurs, and has been out on a string of loans the past few seasons. Most recently he spent the whole of this season on loan at Championship side Bournemouth, and while he had a rough go of it in the first half of the year he became a 90 minute starter in central defense in January and helped lead the Cherries to the Championship playoffs before losing to Brentford in the semifinals.
Now, it looks like he’s a wanted man. The Northern Echo, a Teesside regional paper, is reporting that Cam is a target for Steve Bruce and Newcastle United next season, and there’s been similar reports that Bournemouth has opened negotiations to take Carter-Vickers on a permanent deal this summer. Anderlecht is another club who has reportedly made contact with Tottenham.
Spurs value Carter-Vickers at £10m, which would be a pretty good amount of money for a guy who almost certainly isn’t going to cut it at Tottenham. He’s only 23 and has plenty of time to develop, but right now it looks like the Championship (or in Newcastle’s case, lower-level Premier League) is probably his level.
He has his fans among American Spurs supporters to be sure, but flipping Cam for a quick influx of cash would be pretty good business. Spurs have a bunch of players that they need to offload, and while Carter-Vickers isn’t part of the first team setup he’s a saleable asset that Spurs probably need to cut bait on while there’s still interest. And hey, if more than one club is interested, maybe we can play them against each other to drive up the price a tick. That’d be neat. Bidding war for Carter-Vickers? Sounds fine to me.