Following reports that Tottenham Hotspur have leapt ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Morgan Schneiderlin, former Spurs defender Chris Perry has touted the £18 million-rated Southampton midfielder as a fantastic potential signing.
Having left for Tottenham in May, ex-Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly made Schneiderlin his leading summer transfer target, after managing the Frenchman for the past 18 months on the South Coast.
Arsenal had previously looked like the favourites to land the 24-year-old, but their North London rivals now appear in the lead to seal his signature, in a move which Perry, who also finished his career with the Saints, believes would be a huge coup for the club.
"He’s the perfect player for Tottenham. Obviously Pochettino knows how Schneiderlin likes to play, having worked with him at Southampton for the past 18 months," he told Sky Sports News Radio.
"He’s a player who’s proven himself time and time again, all the way up from League One, and now he’s ended up representing France at the World Cup and was excellent in the game he appeared in. I think he would be a really fantastic addition if they did end up getting him."
Signing for Southampton from Strasbourg in 2008, Schneiderlin has appeared in 231 games during his six campaigns at the club, including two in League One, following their relegation from the Championship at the end of his first season.
Now a Premier League standout and World Cup veteran, Tottenham are expected to sell one of either Etienne Capoue or Sandro in the coming weeks to make room for the French international in the squad.
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With the imminent signings of Swansea pair Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, the club could well bring an end to their spending after capturing Schneiderlin, following £105 million-worth of additions last summer in the wake of Gareth Bale's exit.
With many of those players such as Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho, looking to push on from disappointing debut campaigns, whether Spurs have a squad capable of improving upon last season’s sixth place Premier League finish remains to be seen, but it would certainly help to have the Southampton star amongst their ranks for the start of 2014-15.
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