According to Jornal de Notícias (h/t Sport Witness), Tottenham are considering a move for Hector Herrera. With Mousa Dembele’s future uncertain this season, Spurs could be lining up the FC Porto midfielder as his replacement.
This isn’t a new story, however. Tottenham have been linked with Herrera in the past without any progress being made, and the latest rumours surrounding both parties will not lead to a deal coming to fruition for three reasons.
The Mexican international is in talks with Porto over a new contract and recently reaffirmed his desire to stay at the Estádio do Dragão. Herrera has made over 200 appearances for the Primeira Liga side, scoring and creating 62 goals. He’s won one league title in his five years at Porto and has no plans to leave.
Tottenham can’t offer a pre-contract to Herrera until January, and while not too much of a stretch for the Londoners to agree a deal for the combative midfielder to join next summer, Spurs don’t need a player of the Mexican’s abilities. Herrera is more of a ball-winner than a playmaker, but Tottenham have Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier for that role.
FC Porto won’t want to sell Herrera either, given the Porto captain has been a key player over the last five years, so the only way Tottenham can land the midfielder is if contract talks breakdown.