Aston Villa defender linked with Tottenham, but Pochettino must avoid January bid

Aly Cissokho

Tottenham are reportedly interested in Aston Villa left back Aly Cissokho.

Despite three wins in just six days over the last week, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is still widely expected to hit the January transfer window hard.

Defensive reinforcements are likely to be on Pochettino's New Year shopping list, with Kyle Naughton, Vlad Chiriches and Jan Vertonghen linked with exits from White Hart Lane.

DeAndre Yedlin looks poised to join the club in January from Seattle Sounders, whilst Hector Moreno and Raul Albiol have been touted as targets as Pochettino looks for central defenders.

Yet a strange transfer link has been spat out by the never-ending rumour mill, with Aston Villa's French defender Aly Cissokho linked with a move to North London.

The 27-year-old has been a mainstay of Paul Lambert's side since his summer move from Valencia, but any move to Tottenham would be destined for disaster.

Tottenham already have two young left backs, with both Ben Davies and Danny Rose impressing at times this season, with Davies clearly the left back of the future given the £10m they spent on him this summer.

Whilst decent going forward and possessing great athletic ability, Cissokho is known for his poor positioning and lapses in concentration defensively - attributes Tottenham really don't need right now.

Signing Cissokho in Januaryy would be like adding another Benoit Assou-Ekotto to the mix, and Tottenham haven't even been able to get rid of him yet, which would make it four left backs for just one spot.

And this is without even mentioning just how bad Cissokho was for Liverpool last season, who chose not to make his loan move a permanent one.

Strengthening the defence has to be a priority for Tottenham and Pochettino, but Cissokho would not strengthen or improve any aspect of Tottenham's team - and they should steer well clear of him.

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