Tottenham prepare for two centre back exits with £8m bid for La Liga star

With Vlad Chiriches and Michael Dawson attracting interest from elsewhere, Spurs are making a bid to sign Sevilla's Federico Fazio.

Tottenham have had a quiet transfer window so far, only moving to sign Swansea duo Michel Vorm and Ben Davies, Sporting Lisbon centre back Eric Dier and right back DeAndre Yedlin, though he will spend the season on loan at former club Seattle Sounders before arriving at White Hart Lane in 2015.

The likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Heurelho Gomes, Iago Falque and Jake Livermore have been allowed to leave the club - and more sales could be on the way. Roma have lined up a deal to take Romanian international centre back Vlad Chiriches to Italy as they prepare for life without star defender Mehdi Benatia, whilst Hull City boss Steve Bruce has tonight confirmed that he has set his sights on a deal for Michael Dawson.

New manager Mauricio Pochettino has been looking to find a partner for Jan Vertonghen in the heart of the Spurs defence, and losing two centre backs will no doubt intensify his search for one. Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio looked set for a move to White Hart Lane but with his club haggling over the fee, a deal now looks unlikely - leaving Pochettino to look at another Argentine centre back plying his trade in Spain.

The towering Federico Fazio - who stands at 6ft 5in tall - is the subject of interest from Spurs today, with his £8m release clause offering Tottenham a much cheaper option in defence than Musacchio.

Fazio, 27, has just two Argentine caps to his name, but has been starring for Sevilla for some time now - something Pochettino will have seen during his time as Espanyol manager in La Liga.

The combination of Fazio's height, strength and aerial prowess would balance well with Vertonghen's reading of the game and technical attributes, and Pochettino must feel confident that his compatriot will be the perfect player to adjust to the physical nature of the Premier League.

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