🚨BREAKING NEWS : Ange Postecoglou Targets Archie Gray for Tottenham for only just two reasons

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Tottenham are hoping to complete their second transfer of the summer with the arrival of Leeds United star Archie Gray in the coming days. Timo Werner has already been confirmed on loan back to Spurs and Ange Postecoglou hopes to add more ahead of the 2024/25 season.

football.london understands Spurs have a strong interest in Gray and discussions are now open over a summer transfer after his proposed move to Brentford fell through.  According to LeedsLive, the Whites were unhappy with the structure of Brentford’s proposal and rejected their £40m approach.

As such, it now looks like the Lilywhites will take advantage, although the potential deal is still in its early stages. The majority of his appearances were at right-back last season, but he also made 16 appearances in midfield, making 40 of a possible 46 in the Championship.

Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked with Gray, with Leeds hoping to sell before the June 30 PSR deadline. For a number of reasons, it is undoubtedly clear why Postecoglou wants the teenager to be part of his squad next season.

Firstly, based on performances in various positions, Gray’s versatility is a key factor, with Postecoglou wanting his full-backs to rotate.  Pedro Porro and Destiny Udogie are key parts of his system, so Gray would be a smart addition as he can provide depth.

Given how Micky van de Ven has fared at left-back in Udogie’s absence, drawing cover for Porra is a priority and Gray will do exactly that. At just 18 years of age, the England Under-21 international is unlikely to be an immediate fixture in the starting XI if he signs, although he will be a valuable member of the squad.

Although he can also cover a number of positions, Gray is considered a home-grown player, having come through the Leeds academy. With Spurs participating in the Europa League next season, it is important that we have locally trained players when it comes to sending teams that will be eligible to play in Europe and the Premier League.

With the moves of Eric Dier, Ryan Sessegnon and Japhet Tanganga, it is very important that Spurs sign replacements who can also be considered homegrown.  Those concerns are also why the Spurs were interested in re-signing Marcus Edwards.

Chelsea duo Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah have also been of interest to Spurs in recent months, with the Blues potentially looking to offload both to further balance their financial books.

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