Tottenham Hotspur are plotting a summer swoop for Middlesbrough midfielder Hayden Hackney, as per Evening Standard.
Hackney has been a standout performer in the Championship with Middlesbrough this season. The 21-year-old was on target on Tuesday night as his goal ensured a crucial one-goal advantage for Michael Carrick’s side in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
Boro are now prepared for a barrage of transfer offers in the summer for the England u21 International who is attracting interest from clubs Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham.
Hackney’s contract at the Riverside Stadium will run until June 2027 and Transfermarkt values the midfielder at £6m.
This has been a busy transfer window for Spurs. They have already signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig on loan and have sealed an agreement for Radu Dragusin from Genoa. He has completed his medical and the official announcement is expected shortly.
Spurs are now looking to sign a new midfielder with Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher being a top priority for them.
Hackney has become the Jewel of Middlesbrough’s midfield, possessing the ability to dismantle opposition presses by adeptly maneuvering through the middle of the pitch
As a highly adept playmaker, Hackney plays a pivotal role in initiating a significant portion of Middlesbrough’s offensive sequences, often delivering transitional or line-breaking passes to propel their attacks forward.
The England u21 midfielder exhibits no urgency to part ways with The Smoggies having gone through the ranks at Middlesbrough Academy. The club, aspiring to secure a playoff spot in the competitive Championship, acknowledges that Hackney’s eventual departure is inevitable.
Middlesbrough envision fostering a competitive bidding scenario, with Tottenham expressing a keen interest in the midfielder, as they aim to bolster their squad for the present and future.
A move to Tottenham at a time when they’re undergoing a rejuvenation in performance will make much sense as Hackney would have the opportunity to learn under the tutelage of Ange Postecoglou who is one of the best developers of young talents.
Hackney’s defensive effectiveness is underlined by his tenacity and well-measured aggression in duels, complemented by his robust technical skills. He demonstrates an astute ability to anticipate the movements of his counterpart, positioning himself nearby and pouncing on a loose touch.
While he may not always succeed in outright dispossessing his opponent, Hackney’s skill lies in impeding their progress, significantly slowing them down. This capability would prove invaluable, particularly in a dominant team like Tottenham, where curbing counter-attacks is crucial.
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