Sporting CP midfielder Morten Hjulmand linked with Tottenham, club officials to scout him on Thursday

Tottenham Hotspur are keeping close tabs on Sporting CP midfielder Morten Hjulmand ahead of a potential summer bid.

Morten Hjulmand

Morten Hjulmand, 24, joined Sporting CP from Lecce for a fee of €21 million with add-ons last summer and has quickly cemented his spot in Ruben Amorim’s first XI, racking up two goals and as many assists in 20 league outings. He has missed just one league game for the Lions so far due to a suspension for picking up five yellow cards.

The three-cap Denmark international has acted as a layer of protection for the Sporting defence and his presence has given license to the creative players to operate with more freedom too. Hjulmand’s performances at the base of Sporting’s midfield have unsurprisingly gone unnoticed, with several European clubs monitoring his progress.

Tottenham are reportedly preparing to send scouts to watch Hjulmand in action against SL Benfica in a mouthwatering cup clash on Thursday evening. The Dane has caught the eye of Spurs with a series of solid displays in Portugal. Manchester United, Newcastle United, Liverpool and Chelsea will also have scouts in attendance for the Derby de Lisboa.

Morten Hjulmand on Tottenham’s radar

Morten Hjulmand has been one of the standout performers in Sporting CP colours this term. While attacking talent Viktor Gyokeres has stolen the headlines with his output in front of goal, Hjulmand continues to deliver consistent performances in the engine room.

The Denmark international was linked with a move to Spurs but landed in Lisbon in 2023. However, Spurs could revive their interest in the player at the end of the campaign. Ange Postecoglou is planning to strengthen his midfield unit in the summer, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg facing an uncertain future at the north London club.

Given Sporting’s financial problems, they might end up selling some of their best players in the next transfer window, and Hjulmand will enter the market as a hugely coveted commodity. But the player has an eye-watering €80m release clause, a fee Tottenham will only pay after offloading a few players of their own. Also, the Dane being a massive Arsenal fan could throw up some more complications.

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