‘Similar to Diaz’ – Tottenham told to target ‘match-winner’

Tottenham Hotspur should bounce back from the blow of missing out on Luis Diaz by targeting Leeds United winger Raphinha when the transfer window reopens in the summer, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Spurs set their sights on welcoming Diaz to north London last month, but a £37.6million bid was rejected by Porto and the Colombian ended up joining Premier League rivals Liverpool for a fee which could rise to £49million.

What’s the latest news involving Raphinha?

Leeds are desperate to tie Raphinha down to a new contract, but Goal have revealed there are serious doubts over whether he wants to extend his stay at Elland Road.

The report suggests the Whites approached the Brazilian over negotiating fresh terms twice last month, but Raphinha is holding off talks because he is waiting to discover whether bids will come in from some of football’s biggest clubs.

It is understood that, should he leave, Raphinha would prefer to remain in the Premier League but move onto a club challenging for silverware.

However, the Yorkshire Evening Post have claimed Leeds’ hopes of coming to an agreement with the 25-year-old are not in jeopardy and sporting director Victor Orta remains in discussions with Raphinha’s agent Deco.

Raphinha’s current deal at Elland Road, worth £63,000-per-week, still has just shy of two-and-a-half years remaining.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Raphinha?

O’Rourke believes Spurs head coach Antonio Conte should target Raphinha after being frustrated in his efforts to welcome Diaz to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The journalist feels Raphinha boasts similar qualities to the Liverpool man and the north Londoners ought to pounce if Leeds fail to agree fresh terms with their winger.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “Raphinha is similar to Diaz. He’s a match-winner who can create goals and score goals as well.

“I think if Leeds are unable to tie him down to a new contract or forced to sell him, Spurs should be right in there along with all those other top clubs.”

Does Raphinha have any other suitors?

Tottenham’s London rivals West Ham United showed they are admirers of Raphinha by lodging a £50million bid which was rejected by Leeds during the January transfer window.

Premier League rivals Liverpool are also understood to be tracking Raphinha’s progress ahead of making a potential move in the summer.

The seven-cap Brazil international could potentially move overseas as Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich were heavily linked prior to the turn of the year.

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