Report: Spurs must pay £3m more than Southampton to land Alderweireld

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Tottenham Hotspur will have to pay more than the Saints to sign the Atletico Madrid defender, with Chelsea also interested.

Tottenham will have to pay at least £14 million to land Toby Alderweireld, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Telegraph are reporting that all three of Chelsea, Southampton and the north London side are interesting in the talented 26-year-old defender.

But both Tottenham and the Blues will have to pay £3m more than the Saints if they want to sign the Atletico Madrid man, the report explains.

This is due to a clause in Alderweireld's loan agreement with Southampton that says Atletico must pay the Saints a compensation fee of between £2m and £3m if the La Liga outfit sell the Belgian to another club.

Naturally, then, it makes sense for Atletico to priortise a sale to Southampton or demand an extra fee that would cover the compensation from Spurs, Chelsea or any other potential suitors.

Tottenham struggled with their back line last season, conceding a disproportionate amount of goals for a side that eventually finished fifth in the Premier League. Whether the north London club can attract the 26-year-old will depend on how much they are willing to pay, though, as well as their ability to defeat the competition in luring Alderweireld to White Hart Lane.

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