Fabio Paratici is set to face stiff Premier League competition for the signing of Juventus midfield sensation Weston McKennie after a deadline day move failed to materialise.
McKennie, 23, was linked to a host of English clubs ahead of the August 31 deadline but no one was able to strike a deal with Juventus, meaning the competition in January is set to be intense.
Tottenham, Aston Villa, and even Burnley were linked to securing the signature of the USA international with the latter of the three the closest to securing a deadline day for McKennie as it was revealed that he was offered to the Clarets late on.
However, the finances involved in the deal put Sean Dyche’s side off from making a surprising swoop for the former Schalke man.
Consequently, all attention now turns to the next transfer window amid reports that the West Midlands outfit have stolen a march on Paratici in the race to sign the 23-year-old.
According to The Sun, Dean Smith’s side will return for McKennie in the January transfer window as they try and negotiate an initial loan deal which could also include an option to buy.
The report goes on to say that the Bianconeri wanted an obligation to buy if they were to sell McKennie over the summer but no one was willing to accept those terms.
If former Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel’s verdict is anything to go by on his American compatriot, then Tottenham should push hard to secure the services of the CONCACAF Gold Cup winner in January.
“Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Sergiño Dest. All these guys, I coached when I was with the national team,” the former goalkeeper told Pickswise when asked if any US players would do well at Spurs.
“Josh Sargent is with Norwich now, he has the ability and the opportunity to be outstanding. I think he has the ability to go to a bigger club than Norwich, but he has to prove himself, he’s very young.
“Giovanni Reyna, who’s at Dortmund, is a very, very talented player. It’ll be interesting to see how the likes of [Richard] Ledezma and [Chris] Richards keep progressing.
“There’s a wealth of youth talent that were developed in the US between the years 2015-2019 with the youth national teams.
“There are quite a few players that will have the ability to play a little bit different. I’m not saying this is better or worse, it’s such a physical game and not every player will be suited to the Premier League, just like not every player will be suited to La Liga, which is an outstanding league, a little bit more technical if you like.
“Weston McKennie could play at any club in the Premier League right now. Tyler Adams, the same.
“I think the likes of a Weston McKennie, if he’s really focused, he could play at the biggest of big clubs in the Premier League.
“He (McKennie) has that style of play, he’s very physical, he’s very fast, he’s good in the air, good with his feet. He is a real talent.
“Tyler Adams has incredible strength and an engine on him, he’s not as tall in stature but he fears nobody. These guys could play with the biggest of the big.”
If things don’t improve for unsettled midfielder Tanguy Ndombele over the next few months, then Paratici and co. may look to secure a move for McKennie.
Source by Football London