Five facts about Tottenham Hotspur target Loris Benito

Tottenham have been linked with a summer swoop for FC Zurich defender Loris Benito - but who is he?

Tottenham's challenge for the top four has fallen short in a disappointing season, particularly after all the money spent by manager Andre Villas-Boas last summer. The departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid was a blow, but the arrivals of Vlad Chiriches, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado were seen as huge upgrades on the team.

It hasn't panned out that way, and some of those could leave already this summer, leaving the Spurs boss - whether that be Tim Sherwood or somebody else - with a lot of work to do to get the White Hart Lane club back into the Champions League.

A summer overhaul is expected, and one name who has been linked with a move at the end of the season is Swiss left back Loris Benito, who was recommended to the club by former Spurs star Ramon Vega, who made 64 appearances for Spurs and 23 for Switzerland.

Vega may be well up on Benito, but as he is an unknown to the rest of us, who is he? Here are five facts to help you get to know the rumoured Tottenham target.

  1. Benito joined local side FC Aarau aged eight, and spend twelve years with the club before earning his big move to FC Zurich in 2012.
  2. Whilst primarily a left back, Benito has also been known to play in midfield and it's that versatility that could be so appealing to Spurs.
  3. Though the 22-year-old has yet to receive call-up to the Switzerland national team, he has six caps for the Under-21 side and is considered a future full international.
  4. Benito shot to fame in 2013 in a bizarre situation. During a game between FC Zurich and FC Thun, a beech marten ran onto the pitch and after many failed attempts to catch the animal, Benito managed to capture it - only to be bitten on his hand in a freak injury.
  5. There is a reported £3m price tag on Benito's head, but Spurs aren't the only ones interested, with Serie A giants Juventus also sniffing around him.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch