Spurs reportedly in talks to swap Jan Vertonghen for Valon Behrami

Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen Belgium

Tottenham have reportedly opened talks with Napoli over a potential swap deal involving Jan Vertonghen and Valon Behrami.

Spurs' 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion was a microcosm of their season - infuriatingly bad defending and promising attacking, with the combination of the two ultimately falling short of expectations. This season-long ailment is likely to cost Tim Sherwood his job at the end of the season, just as it did with Andre Villas-Boas back in December.

It's partly down to the managers, but also down to a bunch of underachieving players, and there could also be an overhaul of the playing squad, from players who haven't lived up to their price tags such as Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, to players who are seeking Champions League football, like Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen.

Lloris is attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain back in France, whilst Vertonghen has reportedly been targeted by a number of clubs who can offer him the chance to take on Europe's elite - something Spurs can't do, with a top four finish all but impossible at this stage.

One of the teams linked with the Belgian international is Serie A side Napoli, who are of course now managed by former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard has been seeking central defensive reinforcements for some time now, with his former Liverpool duo Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger both linked with a move to the club, but it appears that talks have now begun over a deal that would see former Ajax man Vertonghen head to Italy.

As part of the transfer, it's believed that Swiss international midfielder Valon Behrami could be offered up in exchange. The 28-year-old has spent most of his career in Italy with Lazio, Fiorentina and now Napoli, but he also spent an unsuccessful spell with West Ham in the Premier League.

Given his failed stint in England once before, it seems foolish of Spurs to give up one of their star players in exchange for a player who has done nothing but disappoint in the Premier League - but with Vertonghen seeking Champions League football, they may not have any other option.

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