PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 28: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between France and USA at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are in pole position to complete the capture of Eberechi Eze. The QPR attacker, who was courted by Crystal Palace and Sheffield United, could cost Spurs around £20 million. However, it remains unclear whether the Lilywhites would want to pay the amount upfront or look for a player swap deal, with the report suggesting the latter.

Eberechi Eze’s success at QPR

Eze has flourished at QPR this season, having scored 12 goals while mustering eight assists in 37 league outings. In fact, his impressive tally makes him one of the most productive players in the Championship this season, with only six players being involved in more goals than him.

Eze’s contributions in the final third have helped QPR hover around mid-table, despite boasting a poor defence which has already conceded a whopping 62 goals. Meanwhile, the young Eze has been involved in more than one-third of QPR’s 58 goals as an entire unit this campaign.

Exploring a potential swap deal

With the report claiming that a swap deal could potentially take place in Spurs’ potential pursuit of Eze, it is fair to explore the options Jose Mourinho will have.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on February 16, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Victor Wanyama is definitely an option. The Kenyan international has suffered from injuries for most of his career at Spurs, and a move away from north London could give him a fresh start. However, it is unlikely that he would want to move to second-tier QPR, a side which, in recent years, have shown no signs of even being in the promotion picture.

A more realistic option would be Oliver Skipp. The youngster has failed to impress Mourinho, and a move to a club like QPR will allow him to receive regular game-time. But, at the same time, it remains to be seen whether Tottenham would be willing to let go of their talented midfielder permanently, meaning the chances of a potential swap deal for Eze are incredibly low.

Do Tottenham really need Eze?

Tottenham Hotspur might not actually need someone like Eze in their team at the moment. Despite the departure of Christian Eriksen in January, the Lilywhites boast the services of Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli, and either of the duo can prevent Eze from making a breakthrough into the starting eleven.

Instead, Spurs should shift their attention towards a defender as well as a striker who can provide backup for Harry Kane. Moreover, they might also need a more experienced individual as it is something the club has lacked over the past few years, especially in the offensive department.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.