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Tottenham are close to signing RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner on loan until the end of the season, according to Sky Germany.

Sky Sports News reported earlier this week that the former Chelsea player has been offered to Manchester United in the January transfer window but he now looks set to return to London this month.

Spurs, who are not commenting on the story, are likely to cover the 27-year-old’s full salary until the end of the current campaign.

Ange Postecoglou’s side will be without club captain Heung-Min Son for at least a month due to his participation in the Asia Cup and there are fears Alejo Veliz has suffered a long-term knee injury.

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Werner has scored two goals in eight Bundesliga appearances this season

Werner has featured just eight times for Leipzig in the Bundesliga this season, scoring two goals. His current contract runs until the summer of 2026.

The Germany international scored 93 goals and made 40 assists in 157 appearances in his first spell at Leipzig before signing for Chelsea for £45m in July 2020.

However, Werner’s stint at Stamford Bridge was a largely disappointing one as he netted only 10 times in 56 Premier League games before re-joining his former club in 2022.

Spurned chances at Chelsea extinguished Werner’s potential

Sky Sports’ Adam Smith:

Timo Werner arrived in the Premier League three-and-a-half years ago with great expectations. His playing style was likened to Mohamed Salah and the forward immediately displayed his direct qualities but struggled to convert chances in front of goal.

The radar below compares Werner’s per-90 statistics during his time at Chelsea with his previous three league campaigns in Germany and reveals the only metric that notably changed was his strike rate.

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In terms of tangible numbers, Werner scored 10 goals in two Premier League seasons at Chelsea – but should have scored nearly twice that figure, according to expected goals (xG).

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The shot map below plots all of his 124 shots for Chelsea in the Premier League, with points coloured in progressive red shades indicating easier chances to convert – revealing a raft of spurned chances in front of goal.

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He was deployed in numerous positions across the firing line in an attempt to surface his underlying talent, but he failed to deliver while competing against a host of attacking options vying for starting berths.

Tottenham will hope Werner’s second attempt at cracking Premier League football will be a successful one. He will certainly feel he has unfinished business in England.

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Spurs and Genoa continue talks over Dragusin

Tottenham target Radu Dragusin played for Genoa on Friday night as talks continue between the two clubs.

The Romania international started and completed the full 90 minutes of Genoa’s 1-1 draw at Bologna in Serie A.

Spurs, meanwhile, have no concerns about Napoli’s interest in the 21-year-old.

Signing a centre-back remains a priority in the January transfer window for Ange Postecoglou’s side.

Genoa's Radu Dragusin celebrates after scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Serie A soccer match between Genoa and Inter at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, Italy, Friday Dec. 29, 2023. (Tano Pecoraro/LaPresse via AP)
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Tottenham want to sign Genoa defender Radu Dragusin this month

Follow the January transfer window

The winter transfer window is now open and will close at 11pm in England and midnight in Scotland on Thursday 1 February, 2024.

To ensure harmonisation with the major leagues in Europe, the closing dates were set following discussions with the EFL, DFL, Serie A, LaLiga, and LFP, who will all close their summer and winter windows on 1 September and 1 February respectively.

Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports’ digital platforms, while you can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News, including daily transfer shows, and listen to our Transfer Talk podcast.

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