Tottenham interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen set-piece specialist Hakan Calhanoglu
- Tottenham interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu
- Atletico Madrid have shown a tentative interest but have not made a bid
- Calhanoglu has a reputation as a set piece specialist in Germany
- The Turkish international’s agent says he is keen to stay at Leverkusen
Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing set-piece specialist Hakan Calhanoglu from Bayer Leverkusen, but the attacking midfielder is keen to stay with the Bundesliga club.
The Turkish international has scored 21 goals in his two seasons at the BayArena, following a move from Hamburg in 2014, and has a reputation for the spectacular given his ability at set-pieces.
His agent, Bektas Demirtas, has revealed Tottenham’s interest but insisted Calhanoglu is keen to stay with Bayer following a positive meeting with manager Roger Schmidt.
Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu is a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur
Calhanoglu, pictured scoring against England in May, is a set-piece specialist
2011–2013: Karlsruher SC – 55 games/17 goals
2013–2014: Hamburger SV – 38 games/8 goals
2014–: Bayer Leverkusen 94 (21)
Turkey: 20 caps/ 6 goals
‘It is true that Tottenham have registered their interest with me,’ Demirtas told Express.
‘Hakan wants to stay in Leverkusen. He had recently a very good conversation with Roger Schmidt. He knows that he must improve and is very ambitious.
‘He wants to achieve together with Schmidt.’
Atletico Madrid are also said to have shown an interest in the Turk, but have not make a bid.
Leverkusen are without Javier Hernandez, who fell down the stairs and broke his hand
Despite being on the bench for his side’s cup victory over Hauenstein at the weekend, Calhanoglu may play an increased role for Bayer following the injury suffered by former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican forward suffered a broken right hand after falling down the stairs, which could keep him sidelined for at least two weeks.
Like Tottenham, Leverkusen finished third in their domestic league last season and secured a spot in the Champions League group stage.