Report: Tottenham register late interest in Lobotka, but may be outbid by Napoli

Stanislav Lobotka of RC Celta de Vigo competes for the ball with Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona during the Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg match between RC Celta de Vigo and FC Barcelona...

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Celta Vigo's Stanislav Lobotka.

 

Stanislav Lobotka of Slovakia goes between James Morrison (7) and Kieran Tierney of Scotland (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup  Group F Qualifier between Scotland and Slovakia at Hampden...

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Tottenham Hotspur are a latecomer to the race for the signature of Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka.

Spurs are yet to make a new signing this summer, but boss Mauricio Pochettino will certainly be keen to land reinforcements, with a new midfielder certainly on his radar.

Mousa Dembele continues to be linked with a move away from North London, but whether he stays or not, new blood in Pochettino's engine room may well be targeted.

Dele Alli of England battles with Stanislav Lobotka of Slovakia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between England and Slovakia at Wembley Stadium on September 4, 2017 in London,...

Now, Spanish newspaper AS report that Tottenham have joined the race for Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka, making a very late indication of their interest.

The report notes that Inter Milan have wanted Lobotka since January, but Napoli appear keen to offer more money than anybody else at €32million (£28million), meaning Spurs' interest may be in vain.

Lobotka, 23, left Danish side Nordsjaelland for Celta Vigo last summer, and whilst he didn't register a goal or an assist for the Spaniards, his impressive displays in La Liga have earned him huge praise.

Stanislav Lobotka of RC Celta de Vigo competes for the ball with Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona during the Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg match between RC Celta de Vigo and FC Barcelona...

An impressive passer of the ball, the dimunitive Slovakian – formerly of Trencin and Ajax's 'Jong' side – has been compared to former Tottenham hero and current Real Madrid star Luka Modric, which should excite Spurs fans.

Lobotka may not be a big name, but he fits Tottenham's recent mould under Pochettino, and if the Spurs boss feels that Lobotka can bring a Modric-esque ability to the midfield, then they would be wise to match Napoli's bid.

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