AS reports that Tottenham are looking to sign Espanyolâ€™s Javi Marquez as Harry Redknapp looks to strengthen his midfield prior to next season. The paper expects that Tottenham officials will travel to Spain next week to open negotiations for the player.
The 23-year-old has progressed through the Spanish clubâ€™s youth ranks and made his debut for Espanyol B in the Spanish third division in 2005. It took a further three years for the midfielder to make his first team debut and it was not until the following season that the player showed his true ability in the first team.
Marquez has a sweet left foot, his long range passing is excellent and he is the primary free kick and corner taker for his team. He stands at 5ft 7inches but possesses a stocky frame which enables him to shield the ball and ride hard challenges.
The Spaniard is a versatile midfielder, capable of playing in the centre of midfield, out wide or just behind the strikers. His playing style complements the free flowing football encouraged by Harry Redknapp.
However, his season was ended prematurely after he suffered a broken leg last month. Nevertheless, it was a clean break and will be looking to return to action by the time that next seasons campaign begins.
After an excellent season Harry Redknapp may see this as an acquisition which reminds his players that next season they can not rest on their laurels. In many ways it will be a defining season for Spurs, as people look to see if they are finally going to fulfil their potential and challenge their neighbours for top honours.
Marquez is being quoted as being worth Â£5 million and video evidence can be seen here.