Five facts on reported Spurs target Franco Vazquez

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Meet the man who Tottenham Hotspur are readying a bid for, according to reports.

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According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur will submit a bid for Palermo midfielder Franco Vazquez next week.

Spurs could come under pressure from Manchester United in the race to sign the 27-year-old playmaker, but The Sun state that manager Mauricio Pochettino will steal a march on other suitors by bidding this week.

Here, we look at five facts on the quiet, but deadly midfielder.

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1) By virtue of the fact he has scored 18 goals in and set up a further 17 in his last two seasons with Palermo, it could be argued that the midfielder not only knows where the goal is, but is similarly as adept when it comes to creating them.

2) He is nicknamed 'El Mudo' - or, the mute - due to the idea that he is not the most vocal of people on or off the football pitch. Sergio Magliano told Gazzetta Dello Sport in 2015: "He never spoke, either on the field or off. Sometimes we tried to encourage it during games when things went wrong, and on the bench we'd yell at him, but he disapproved. He did not care about what anyone said, he was indifferent, but then responded by playing the pass which decided the game - and he then smiled at us."

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3) Vazquez might already be vaguely familiar with Spurs hitman Harry Kane, having made his Italy debut against England in a game which saw Kane spearhead the Three Lions' attack. He has two caps for the Azzurri, but was not selected by Antonio Conte for Euro 2016.

4) Born on February 22, Vazquez shares a birthday with two notable Premier League figures in the form of Middlesbrough hero Juninho Paulista and current Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

5) Although a fully Italy international, he and Tottenham boss Pochettino are technically compatriots given that both were born in Argentina - Vazquez in Cordoba, Pochettino in Murphy, Santa Fe. There are some 223 miles between both cities.

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