Report: Tottenham agree personal terms with Atletico Madrid's Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld

Spurs have reportedly agreed a deal in principle with the player, but an agreement with the club is yet to be reached.

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly agreed a deal in principle with Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, according to Mundo Deportivo.

However, while an agreement is said to be in place with the player, Spurs are yet to agree a price with the La Liga side, having offered around £17 million for his services.

The Belgian spent last season on loan with Southampton but looks unlikely to return to Saint Mary’s, while Premier League champions Chelsea have also been interested in his services but have failed to lure him there according to Mundo Deportivo.

It is likely he would prefer a move to White Hart Lane to join up with his international teammates Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli, while he is also guaranteed first team football there, unlike at Chelsea and Atletico.

Indeed, it seems the player is keen on the move, with the London Evening Standard saying he wants to join Mauricio Pochettino’s side ahead of the other clubs interested in his services.

An arrival likely to force exits

The addition of Alderweireld would likely see several defenders leaving Spurs in the near future.

They have already added Kevin Wimmer as well this summer meaning they would have five central defenders on their books, with the likes of Younes Kaboul and Federico Fazio unlikely to stay given their failure to impress last season.

Given his performances for Southampton last season, Alderweireld would instantly command a first team place alongside Vertonghen in the heart of the defence, likely pushing the aforementioned Kaboul and Fazio closer to the exit door in the process.

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