Can Spurs steal in? Dutchman's switch to Premier League rivals stalls

Could Tottenham try and snatch the Eredivisie hotshot from the hands of Swansea city?

Within the last couple of weeks various reports had been hinting that a possible deal between FC Twente and Swansea City for young Dutch striker Luc Castaignos was on the verge of being completed, with the 21-year-old moving to the Liberty Stadium for a fee of £6.5 million.

Yesterday, the transfer was no closer to being concluded, and Twente chairman Joop Munsterman claimed that there would be no progress until the forward was back from holiday.

“It will be a while before things can be done," said Munsterman.

“The choice is up to the player. Only when Luc is back from vacation and is negotiating with Swansea can we expect progress. And as I have said, the clubs can work it out.”

With the transfer not set to move any closer to completion until closer to July, there is every chance another club can lodge their own offer to interrupt the Dutchman's switch to South Wales, despite a move to Swansea still being the likely outcome.

One such club that have been linked with Castaignos in the past is Tottenham, and with the Londoners said to be looking for at one least forward addition this summer there is the opportunity for Spurs to renew their interest.

The Twente forward was in his nation's preliminary squad for the World Cup, and has been highly regarded for some time throughout Europe, earning a move to Inter Milan in 2011 at the age of 19 from Feyenoord. That proved to come too early for him, and he returned to the Netherlands just a year later, scoring an excellent 27 goals over two seasons for the Enschede outfit.

Wilfried Bony, Swansea's Eredivisie addition from last summer, terrorised defences in the Premier League in his debut season, and if Castaignos can perform anywhere like the Ivorian it is well worth clubs taking the chance to steal the youngster from under the noses of the Swans.

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