Tottenham open talks over Bony & Ben Davies moves

Spurs feel the Swansea striker would be the perfect spearhead for their strikeforce next season and have also held discussions to sign the promising Welsh left-back
By Greg Stobart

Tottenham have opened talks with Swansea over deals to sign striker Wilfried Bony and defender Ben Davies.

Swansea want £20 million for Bony but Spurs believe they can agree a compromise on a player who joined the Welsh club for £12m a year ago.

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Spurs have also held discussions with the Swans over a move for left-back Ben Davies, although sources at both clubs claim no fee has yet been agreed.

Bony is understood to be keen on a move to White Hart Lane and Spurs feel he would be the perfect fit to lead their strikeforce after he scored 26 goals in all competitions last season.

The 25-year-old former Vitesse striker has jumped ahead of Romelu Lukaku on Tottenham’s summer wishlist, with the cheaper transfer fee a factor as well as Spurs’ poor boardroom relations with Chelsea.

Swansea want Gylfi Sigurdsson, most probably on loan, included in the deal but new manager Mauricio Pochettino is not yet ready to sanction the midfielder’s departure.

Pochettino wants to assess the squad in pre-season before making sweeping changes, but he has told the club he wants to sign a central defender, left-back and striker as priorities.

Davies is a long-term target to improve Tottenham’s problem left-back position and they have made progress on an £8m deal to sign the 21-year-old Welshman.

His potential arrival will raise questions over the future of Danny Rose, who has made it clear he wants to play regular first team football again next season.

As reported earlier this month, Spurs have also targeted QPR forward Loic Remy, who will wait until after the World Cup before deciding on his future amid interest from Arsenal.

Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren is Pochettino’s top choice to strengthen his defence, with club captain Michael Dawson told he can leave amid interest from Hull and QPR.

Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to remain at Tottenham but the club will listen to offers for Roberto Soldado, who joined last summer in a £26m but scored just six Premier League goals.

Pochettino is understood to have already spoken individually to most of the players in the squad ahead of the start of pre-season next month.

The Argentine was hired to replace Tim Sherwood after proving his ability to get the best out of players and improve youngsters at Southampton.

He has told academy products such as Andros Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb in private meetings that they play a big part in his plans for next season.