Tottenham are keeping tabs on Watford ace Will Hughes as manager Jose Mourinho is looking to reshape his squad. The Hornets are facing an intense battle to hold on to their best players following their heartbreaking relegation to the Championship.
The Mirror say Spurs are targeting a surprise bid for Hughes as he can operate in various areas across midfield and would boost the north Londoners’ homegrown quota.
The midfielder has stood out ever since his arrival at the Hawthorns from Derby in 2017 as he has amassed a total of 87 appearances across all competitions.
The 25-year-old is rated at £13million and was once targeted by Liverpool while he was still playing at the Rams.
Tottenham have been active throughout the summer transfer window as they have already signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, Matt Doherty from Wolves and Joe Hart from Burnley.
Mourinho is also reportedly keeping tabs on Brentford centre-forward Ollie Watkins as the Portuguese manager is looking to provide cover for star striker Harry Kane.
Bees manager Thomas Frank has confirmed that the club will listen to bids for Watkins as long as they match his £25m valuation.
But Mourinho understands that he will have to sell players before making new signings in order to balance the books following a difficult financial year that was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
That is why the likes of Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier, Danny Rose and Paulo Gazzaniga may be on their way out of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Mourinho is looking to put together a successful campaign after turning Tottenham’s fortunes around upon his arrival last season when he replaced Mauricio Pochettino.
The ex-Manchester United and Chelsea boss recently received criticism that he has lost his edge but he insists he is only getting better as a manager.
Mourinho said: “First of all, because I’m very young.
“People think I’m very old because I have been at this level since 2002.
“I’m not very old. I’m very young for a football manager. It’s the kind of job where you become better with experience and not worse.
“I am not impulsive any more. I am more in control of my emotions. I think better, decide better.
“I think a coach, the older you get, there’s an accumulation of experience.
“You are not a player. You don’t need your body to work in the same way. You need your brain to be better. I don’t need to sprint. I don’t need to jump. I don’t need to run for 90 minutes.
“I need to think. So a coach gets better and better until the motivation is gone.”