Jose Mourinho keen on signing Republic of Ireland international
Friday 28 August 2020 20:09, UK
Tottenham are in advanced talks with Wolves over a deal to sign right-back Matt Doherty.
Spurs are in the market for a new right-back this summer and Jose Mourinho is keen on the experienced Republic of Ireland international.
The 28-year-old made 50 appearances for Wolves last season and has enhanced his reputation as both a reliable defender and significant threat going forward, scoring seven times in all competitions.
Spurs have already sold young right-back Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton this summer and they are also prepared to sell current Serge Aurier for the right price. He has interest from AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco.
The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international has two years left on his Spurs contract having joined from Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017 for £23m.
Wolves, meanwhile, remain in talks with a Arsenal over a deal to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles after having a £15m bid rejected.
Matt Doherty plays as a right wing-back for Wolves but he interprets that position in an unusual way.
He does not just hug the touchline and provide width but acts as a genuine penalty box threat. Freeze the frame and he can appear to be Raul Jimenez's strike partner at times. Doherty is reinventing the role. He is Wolves' defender-turned-poacher extraordinaire.
Doherty's off-the-ball movement and aerial ability in both boxes would appeal to Jose Mourinho. There are prettier players but few in his position who can impact the game quite so much. A move in this transfer window would solve a problem for Spurs - and create one for Wolves.
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