Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly tied up a deal to sign AZ Alkmaar midfielder Rasmus Elm for €7.5 million, beating long-term admirers Manchester United to his signature.
According to Expressen, Spurs have already agreed the deal, but Elm will not make the move to White Hart Lane until the end of the current season. Praised for his passing and playmaking abilities, the 23-year-old Swede has been closely monitored by Manchester United’s scouting network for some time, but United were not ready to make a move until 2012.
Spurs have acted quickly to steal Elm from under their noses, with Redknapp bolstering an already formidable midfield with the addition of a top quality fully-fledged international.
Elm has played 21 games for Sweden, previously appearing 23 times for the Under-21 side. He has truly broken ground during the current campaign, after struggling with injury and illness in the previous two campaigns.
Former Sweden coach Lars Lagerback claimed that Elm was the most talented player produced by Sweden since Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Tottenham fans will be hoping that his work-rate exceeds that of Ibrahimovic, particularly with the Swede facing the difficult prospect of forcing his way into an already crowded Spurs midfield.
Tottenham reportedly asked for the deal to formally proceed in January, but were declined by AZ who pushed the transfer until the end of the season. Elm has reportedly agreed a deal that has terms keeping him in North London until 2015.