Two big obstacles blocking Tottenham's Jese Rodriguez move

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Tottenham Hotspur are being strongly linked with a superb value deal for Real Madrid striker Jese Rodriguez.

The forward is currently locked in battle at the Under-20 World Cup with Spain but Spanish newspaper Marca says his future will be high on the agenda once he returns to Real Madrid.

The player has reportedly made it clear to his current employers that he feels he’s done enough to earn regular first team football at the club and is prepared to leave the side in order to fulfil his potential.

“The player feels he has done all he had to do to earn an opportunity and not have to wait another year,” reads the report on Marca.

Tottenham are apparently ready to come in with an offer of €11.5 million for Rodriguez, which could see them steal a complete bargain if Real Madrid are happy to let him leave permanently - which given his starring role for Spain's under-20 team at the World Cup this summer would likely be doubtful.

His current contract at the club expires next summer so Real are in a position where they need to make a quick decision because otherwise they could see him leaving the club in a free transfer.

There are two major obstacles which Tottenham will have to overcome if they are going to complete this deal.

The first is the friction created between themselves and Real Madrid relating to the Gareth Bale saga.

Recent reports from Spain have suggested that Real Madrid have given up on signing the Tottenham winger due to the reluctance of the North London side to remotely consider doing any sort of deal.

The second relates to a point in the report which suggests Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane are both big supporters and admirers of Rodriguez.

That suggests that he could be protected at the highest level by the club, with that key pairing of individuals likely to do whatever it takes to try and keep the player at the club.

Spurs will also have to consider the likeliness that there will now be huge interest in the player because of his record at the Under-20 World Cup, which has seen him score five goals in five appearances.

Tottenham need attacking options heading into next season because it’s an area of the current squad where they need strengthening.

Spurs have plenty of time to ensure that they get the right sort of forwards in the squad to drive the team on next season and they have someone in Daniel Levy who is well positioned to get them a superb deal for Rodriguez.

Would Jese be a good signing for Tottenham? Should they be going after a more established player?

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