Three Tottenham targets better than £8m Chelsea man Bertrand

With Spurs linked to an £8 million bid for Chelsea reserve star Ryan Bertrand, Jack Beresford finds three other full-back targets that are better buys.

While the pursuit of Swansea City star Ben Davies is welcome among Tottenham fans, with the 21-year-old regarded as one of the most exciting young full backs in the Premier League, the response to the news that Spurs are also chasing Ryan Bertrand has been more lukewarm.

Linked with a potential £8 million move to White Hart Lane, having failed to nail down a first-team place at Chelsea, the 24-year-old is also thought to be on Liverpool’s radar.

And with the Reds also in pursuit of the player, Tottenham would be wise to give up their pursuit of Bertrand and instead break the bank to bring in one of the following three full-back targets.

Marcos Rojo – Sporting Lisbon

Like Bertrand, Marcos Rojo has emerged as a target for both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, with his profile boosted by a series of impressive displays for Argentina at the World Cup, including a goal against Nigeria in the group phase.

Capable of playing both as a full-back or centre-back, Rojo was an instrumental part of Sporting Lisbon’s return to form in Portugal last season. Valued at around €15 million, Spurs could use the lure of living in London, alongside a substantial financial package to prise Rojo away from the Reds.

Serge Aurier – Toulouse

Heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, the Gunners’ interest in Aurier appears to have cooled in recent weeks with the club instead turning their attention to Mathieu Debuchy. But with Aurier eager to move to England, Tottenham’s own pursuit of the player could pay-off.

Capable of playing either at right-back or left-back, the 21-year-old was one of the few consistent bright spots for the Ivory Coast at this World Cup, setting up both goals in the Elephants’ 2-1 comeback win over Japan. Likely to cost more than Bertrand, it would be money well spent.

Yuto Nagatomo – Inter Milan

Another player looking to use the World Cup as a platform for bigger and better things, Nagatomo would undoubtedly relish the opportunity to play in the Premier League, having spent four years in Italy first with Cesena and then with Inter since 2011.

Regarded as one of the Blue Samurai’s best players, the 27-year-old is also extremely versatile and can play on both flanks as either a full-back or wing-back. Pacey, hard-working and defensively sound, it could take a big bid to bring the player to Spurs, a club he was linked with earlier this year.

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