Tottenham target reveals Premier League transfer is ideal ‘next’ step

Jason Soutar
Reported Tottenham target Noni Madueke celebrates a goal

Former Tottenham youth player Noni Madueke has revealed that he “definitely” wants a Premier League move to be the “next” step in his career.

Madueke spent time with Tottenham and Crystal Palace before joining Dutch side PSV in 2018.

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He has made 66 appearances for the Eredivisie outfit’s first team, scoring 18 goals and providing 13 assists.

The 20-year-old was linked with a return to both Palace and Spurs last summer, with Manchester United and Leicester also reportedly showing an interest.

When asked by Sky Sports if he wants to return to England, Madueke replied: “I definitely want to play there next.

“Whether it is this summer or whenever it is, for now, I am focusing on the rest of the season. It is definitely an ambition of mine to play there. I have had a kickstart in my career by playing a lot of games at a young age. I feel like I will be ready for any step I take.”

PSV take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Thursday evening in the quarter-final of the Europa Conference League.

Discussing the fixture, Madueke said: “It is definitely a big game. I am coming back home. It is my first game against an English team. It will be another experience but I just see it as another game we have to win.

“Leicester are a good team. But so are we.”

Meanwhile, Gabby Agbonlahor doubts Sam Johnstone would be able to knock Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris out of Antonio Conte’s side.

A report in Football London earlier this week said that Tottenham are now ‘favourites’ to tie up a deal to sign West Brom goalkeeper Johnstone on a free transfer this summer.

“Sam Johnstone is a very good goalkeeper, he’s proven that by breaking into the England squad and making his debut,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“But I still think that it will be hard to get Lloris out of the side. He’s been an ever-present in that side for a few years. He makes a lot of good saves and is captain as well. You can’t see him losing his place, to be honest.

“He’ll make some good saves but then he will make some rubbish saves and can be caught on the ball.”