Report: Tottenham Hotspur want Yohan Cabaye and Aymeric Laporte in the summer

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Former Newcastle United star Yohan Cabaye and Manchester United-linked Aymeric Laporte are reportedly on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar.

Tottenham Hotspur are planning to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye and Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte in the summer, according to The Sun.

It has been reported by the British tabloid that North London outfit Tottenham are willing to spend as much as £16 million for former Newcastle United star Cabaye.

Spurs are also reported to be in the race for 20-year-old French defender Laporte, who The Sun claims is rated at £32m.

Should Tottenham move for Cabaye?

Cabaye would be a good addition to the Tottenham squad, if indeed they are interested in him and can sign him.

The 29-year-old midfielder has Premier League experience and knows the English top flight inside out.

At PSG, Cabaye is not guaranteed playing time and needs to fight for his place in the starting line-up, and perhaps that could play in Tottenham’s favour.

However, for Tottenham to recruit the former Lille star, they will probably need to qualify for the 2015-16 Champions League campaign.

If PSG do make Cabaye available at the end of the season, then a number of top European clubs are likely to be interested in his services.

For Spurs to win the race for the Frenchman’s signature and convince him to move to White Hart Lane, Champions League football will play a key role.

However, the question arises if Tottenham should pay as much as £16m for a player who turned 29 last month.

Should Tottenham move for Laporte?

Laporte is one of the best young centre-backs in Europe and would certainly be a great addition to the Spurs squad.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2013-14 and remains an important part of the Bilbao team this campaign despite their struggles.

However, questions will be asked if Tottenham should splash out as much as £32m for the youngster.

Tottenham already have a settled central defensive pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio, while youngster Eric Dier has shown positive signs in that position.

Spending £32m on Laporte will be justified only if he is made a first-team regular right from the start.

Tottenham will also need to convince the youngster why moving to North London would be a better option than joining Manchester United.

According to ESPN, United are interested in Laporte’s services and want to sign him this month, but they are also ready to wait until the end of the season.

Moreover, the presence of former Bilbao teammate Ander Herrera at Old Trafford could sway Laporte to a move to the Red Devils in the summer.

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