Hannover starlet Andre Hoffman’s agent believes his client has the goods to produce in the Premier League.
It’s been a mixed season for Die Roten as they sit in 11th place in the Bundesliga table, six points clear of the relegation zone - but a distinct bright spot has been the continued development of the 20-year-old, Andre Hoffman.
Last week BILD reported that Tottenham Hotspur had sent scouts to watch the youngster in action, returning positive reports to Tim Sherwood - thought to be personally keen on the German.
Hoffman cuts a versatile figure, able to play as both a central defender and holding midfielder, not dissimilar to Spurs summer buy Etienne Capoue, whose time at White Hart Lane has not exactly gone to plan.
And representative Wassily Krastanas has talked up the U-21 international’s Premier League credentials, fueling speculation over a move in the coming months.
“Andre has all the qualities to be a starter in the Premier League,” he told BILD. “His game is quite suited to the style of play in England.”
Certainly nothing definitive from Krastanas - but an admission of intrigue at the very least.
Hoffman would have a battle on his hands to break into the first team at Spurs, especially given the rise of 19-year-old Nabil Bentaleb amidst a wealth of midfield talent.
But he’s an enticing prospect for the north London outfit nonetheless, boasting an imposing frame, the ability to play in several roles and carrying a price-tag of only around €3m.
Tayfun Korkut - who took over for the deposed Mirko Slomka at the helm in December at the HDI Arena - is thought to value the player, so an offer may need to be slightly higher to be successful.
Yet such would still be significantly less than the €11m splashed out for the in-demand Capoue.
So if Spurs could unload the Frenchman - heavily pursued by Napoli in January - and pick up his younger counterpart, a nice piece of business could be too good to pass up.
By all indications nothing is concrete at this point, but if Hoffman continues to impress, it’s not out of the realm of possibility Tottenham could spring for a low-cost, potentially high-reward option in lieu of the mega-money signings made via Gareth Bale’s sale last summer.
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