Report: Juventus enter race for Tottenham-linked Hector Moreno

Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Hector Moreno is a wanted man across Europe this month.

Juventus have joined the race for Espanyol centre-back Hector Moreno, according to Catalan sports newspaper Sport.

Moreno, 27, is open to a move in the current transfer window and, after switching agents to Mino Raiola this week, is anticipated to receive approaches from a number of top European clubs.

The Mexico international was expected to make a move after the World Cup in the summer, but a broken leg suffered in his side’s last-16 defeat to the Netherlands saw him sidelined for six months and put paid to a potential switch.

Now back in action, the likes of the Daily Mail have documented Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in recent months, while Arsenal are also understood to have sent scouts to watch him in action ahead of a potential bid.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in fact signed Moreno during his time in charge of Espanyol, and the defender revealed his affection for his former manager in a November interview with Catalan TV station TV3.

“I really appreciate him, it was him who pushed for me [when I joined Espanyol in 2011],” he said.

“It has been said many times that the club are looking to sell me – it’s not what I have said, it’s what the president and the people on the board have said. It would be beneficial for Espanyol that I recover and be [available] in the market.”

A reunion with Pochettino could well be on the cards in the coming week then but, with Serie A champions Juventus now said to have ramped up their interest, it appears as though there will be fierce competition for his signature.

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