The Giallorossi boast Serie A’s stoutest defense in having conceded just 11 goals to date, but lack experienced cover behind first choice pair Mehdi Benatia and Leandro Castan.
Champions League football looks a distinct possibility for the capital club next term and as such boss Rudi Garcia will require a bigger squad, with increased depth at centre-back cited as a priority.
Vertonghen admitted his desire to take part in Europe’s elite competition earlier this term, refusing to rule out an exit from White Hart Lane should Spurs finish outside the top four.
The versatile defender put a raft of clubs on alert with the cryptic statement - Liverpool said to be pressing hardest and leading the race for his signature in despite already having two left-footed central defenders in Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger.
Roma have also popped up on the radar screen as a potential suitor in connection to their need for a player of Vertonghen’s stature ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
Yet Sky Sport Italia have now maintained that the 26-year-old is merely a secondary option for the Stadio Olimpico giants to Cagliari’s Davide Astori, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United in the past.
The Italy international has reportedly seized the focus of sporting director Walter Sabatini ahead of Vertonghen, the Giallorossi transfer guru already looking to lay the groundwork for a summer deal.
If reports detailing Liverpool’s inclination to pursue Vertonghen are to be believed, Roma’s purported preference for Astori may indeed spell good news for the Reds.
The Merseysiders have suffered from competition on the transfer market in recent times and as striking a deal with Spurs’ Daniel Levy would be inherently difficult, could use all the help they could get.
The situation looks rather tentative at the moment as nothing is concrete, but as far as Tottenham are concerned, it's potentially one less complication to worry about.
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