Tottenham Hotspur have £400k buy-back option for Aston Villa target Massimo Luongo

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood is keen to sign the player from Swindon Town, but Tottenham could throw a spanner in the works.

Yesterday the Daily Mail reported that Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has his eye on a former youth team favourite of his at Tottenham Hotspur.

They claimed that the Villa manager, who has performed brilliantly since taking over from Paul Lambert at Villa Park, wants Australian international midfielder Massimo Luongo at the club.

It is reported he recently went to watch the player in action for current club Swindon Town and is keen to snap him up in the summer. He is also said to be friendly with Swindon chairman Lee Power, a former team-mate at Norwich City.

But while Villa may want him, Tottenham could throw a spanner in the works.

A couple of months ago Luongo told SBS's The World Game:

“They (Spurs) could buy me for what they sold me for, but obviously I am not in their plans, which is fine.

"With how well it went at the Asian Cup, it’s probably the right time for me to move on - and maybe look for a new challenge."

Luongo was sold to Swindon in 2013 for a fee that the League One club confirmed was in the region of £400,000 - which would be an absolute bargain if Tottenham were to consider bringing him back to the club.

If Spurs were to execute their buy-back clause it would leave Sherwood smarting at Villa, where he would obviously get more regular first-team football.

Luongo impressed in the AFC Asian Cup for Australia in January, winning the player of the tournament award as Australia won the competition.

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