Report: Tottenham close to signing Toby Alderweireld, player keen to complete move

Tottenham are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Toby Alderweireld.

According to The Telegraph, Tottenham are closing in on a deal to sign Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, despite interest from Southampton.

Alderweireld, 26, has spent the last year on loan at Southampton, impressing under Ronald Koeman as he filled the void left by Dejan Lovren last summer.

Now though, the Belgian has returned to parent club Atletico Madrid - but he isn't expected to be on their books for long, with a permanent exit anticipated.

The Telegraph report that Tottenham are now closing in on a deal to sign Alderweireld, with the player hoping to make the move to White Hart Lane when he returns from his honeymoon.

It's reported that Alderweireld is keen to reunite with his former Ajax team-mate and fellow Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen, with the duo likely to be Mauricio Pochettino's first choice centre back pairing next season, should the deal go through.

Alderweireld is now expected to become Tottenham's third summer signing, following fellow defenders Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier to North London.

Good signing?

Alderweireld excelled at Ajax, but struggled to break into Diego Simeone's side with Atletico Madrid, playing behind the likes of Diego Godin and Miranda.

Capable of playing at right back too, Alderweireld showed his quality with Southampton last season, possessing a strong reading of the game, whilst he's also technically and athletically gifted enough to play in Pochettino's system at Tottenham.

Reuniting him with Vertonghen could be a masterstroke from Pochettino, with the duo knowing each other inside out from their time together with Ajax and Belgium - and given that Vertonghen had a number of different centre back partners last season, it would be great for him to have one stable central defender alongside him; which is just what Alderweireld could be.

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