Tottenham could be in a very strong position to sign Ajax's Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and AZ Alkmaar at the Johan Cruijff Arena on October 07, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Moroccan play-maker could be up for grabs soon and Tottenham Hotspur looks like an ideal destination.

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and AZ Alkmaar at the Johan Cruijff Arena on October 07, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Reports in Italy suggest that AS Roma are still very keen on Ajax's Hakim Ziyech but fear they will be priced out of a move thanks to interest from the Premier League.

Calciomercato says that any price would be in the region of €35m plus bonuses; a very steep figure for Italian sides but not uncommon at the top end of English football.

If any Premier League side looks like an ideal place for Ziyech, it is Tottenham Hotspur.

 

The improvement of Lucas Moura and return from injury of Erik Lamela has left Mauricio Pochettino less limited in terms of wide options and able to focus on improving their depth in the middle.

Back-up for Harry Kane will certainly be high on the agenda but someone to offer creativity alongside Christian Eriksen will also be wanted.

It is difficult to think of a more suited player for that then Ziyech who, like Eriksen before him, has shone for Ajax last season and at the start of this; nine goals and 15 assists was the Morrocan's output in 17/18 and he has added another four goals and three assists to begin this year.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and Tottenham Hotspur at San Siro Stadium on September 18,...

The €35m fee would be a real investment for Spurs but the strength Ziyech would give them when Eriksen is out injured or, even more valuable, if he were to leave, would be worth far more.

With few other Premier League sides able to match Spurs in terms of spending or status, and with the ones above them unlikely to take a gamble like that on an Eredivisie talent, Tottenham look ideally placed now that Roma are falling out of the mix.

(L-R) Frederik Midtsjo of AZ, Hakim Ziyech of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and AZ Alkmaar at the Johan Cruijff Arena on October 07, 2018 in Amsterdam, The...

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