Why Spurs should go all out to sign reported World Cup winning target

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with German defender Benedikt Howedes.

As reported by the Metro, who sourced an article from SportBild, Spurs have been linked with German World Cup winner Howedes.

The Schalke defender is valued at around €18 million as per the report, and it is suggested that the Lilywhites would have no trouble matching that fee.

With Mauricio Pochettino likely to have a major rework of his inherited squad in the summer, there will surely be a number of signings, but it should be Howedes who is targeted above all others.

The Schalke captain, who was one of just three players to feature in every minute at the World Cup, is primarily a leader-type centre-back, but he can also play in both full-back and wing-back positions.

Not only are the defensive positions the ones that need strengthening most at White Hart Lane - with even the dependable likes of Jan Vertonghen struggling this term - but there is no clear leader in the back-line.

Hugo Lloris is a great captain, but is restricted by his goalkeeping position, and there is no one who can be trusted in the outfield. Vertonghen has been far below his best, whilst there is no one else dependable to choose who is captain material.

Howedes has captained Schalke for a number of years, and is arguably the best, and most versatile, defender in German football. It is a surprise that he has never left the Bundesliga before now, and Spurs should make their main priority this summer securing the services of the incredibly talented defender.

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