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Tottenham deal for Timo Werner could be hijacked as ‘transfer deadline’ emerges | Football | Sport

Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a deadline to trigger Timo Werner’s option-to-buy clause, with RB Leipzig said to be pushing Spurs for an answer. Werner secured his Premier League return during the January transfer window, joining from Bundesliga outfit Leipzig on a loan deal until the end of the current campaign.

Spurs sanctioning a deal for Werner did raise some eyebrows at the time, given how dismal his previous spell in the Premier League with Chelsea was. Werner managed just 23 goals for the Blues during his 89-game stint at Stamford Bridge, before returning to Leipzig during the 2022 summer transfer window.

However, having impressed so far during his short spell in north London, there is talk of Tottenham activating Werner’s option-to-buy clause. If so, it would cost Spurs a modest £14.5million – a snip of the fees both Leipzig (£25million) and Chelsea (£45million) spent on him in recent transfer windows.

But, the capital club have been dealt an ultimatum by the German club, as it’s reported by The Daily Mirror that Leipzig are demanding an answer on Werner’s future prior to this summer’s European Championships. It’s claimed if Tottenham delay their decision beyond the previously informed date, they will still be able to sign him in the summer transfer window, but it could end up costing them more money.

That’s because Leipzig will demand a renegotiated fee to sanction Werner’s exit, meaning the £14.5million option-to-buy would render meaningless. It’s left the Spurs hierarchy with a decision to make ahead of the season’s conclusion, especially given interest from other Premier League clubs had been registered before he agreed to the Spurs loan move.

Manchester United were one of the teams said to be interested in the 28-year-old ace, who instead secured a surprise switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Despite the doubts, Werner has settled well under Ange Postecoglou, with the focus now switching towards whether he’ll make the short-term stay a permanent one.

Werner came off the bench to score his first goal for the club during last weekend’s victory over Aston Villa – a win that has helped push Spurs even closer to their target of qualifying for the Champions League. Given his versatility in attack, Werner could prove a shrewd purchase for Spurs, and Postecoglou appears keen to keep him around if possible.

“I think he’s been really important,” the former Celtic chief said earlier this month. “You can only imagine if we didn’t bring him in in January, it would have been a much bigger burden on the other players in the group. Particularly when Son [Heung-min] was away as well.”

He added: “We threw him in straight away. And when you come in January, especially for someone like Timo, standing as a mature player, he’s not a young player we’ve brought in to develop, we’re bringing him in to make an impact, and I think he has made an impact for us.”

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