Tottenham target £5m move for Ajax defender Ricardo van Rhijn


Tottenham reportedly want to sign Ajax right back Ricardo van Rhijn in January.

Tottenham's attack is widely seen as the area that needs improving the most, but things aren't much better in defence either.

Captain Younes Kaboul has been dropped for poor performance, Jan Vertonghen has been linked with a move away in January whilst summer signing Ben Davies has barely featured at left back.

There are big issues in the back line for manager Mauricio Pochettino, and he's already been linked with a move to sign his former Espanyol centre back Hector Moreno in the New Year.

Yet now, reports also suggest that he's eyeing up a deal for Ajax right back Ricardo van Rhijn - a former team mate of Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen.

The Dutch international, 23, emerged in Amsterdam behind Gregory van der Wiel, eventually replacing him after his move to Paris Saint-Germain.

With 120 appearances for Ajax and eight caps for the Netherlands, van Rhijn is highly regarded, but should Spurs really consider him as a solution to their defensive woes?

Van Rhijn is predominantly an attacking right back with speed and energy, much like Kyle Walker. Walker may be out injured right now, but his return is drawing ever closer.

Meanwhile, Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin is owned by Spurs, and can return to White Hart Lane early in January if Tottenham and Pochettino so wish.

The United States international, 21, appears to be the future of the position for Spurs, so bringing in a 23-year-old - one who has arguably stagnated in recent years - wouldn't make much sense.

In Sunday's 2-1 win over Hull we saw Vlad Chiriches perform admirably at right back despite predominantly being a centre back, and maybe Pochettino should consider giving the Romanian an extended stay at right back before spending more money on another.

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