Torino's Nikola Maksimovic would represent a very astute signing for Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have made a bid for Torino's Nikola Maksimovic, according to reports.

According to Tuttosport, Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be the club to have made a bid for Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic.

The 23-year-old, who joined Torino from Red Star Belgrade back in his native Serbia in 2013, has gone on to cement his status as one of the top defenders in the Italian top flight during his time with the club. 

Understandably, his displays - both in Serie A and the Europa League - last season have attracted interest from across Europe.

With Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport reporting that an English club has made a move for his services, it is believed that the Lilywhites are the side in the driving seat.

Amid speculation linking Maksimovic with a move to White Hart Lane, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics.

Stats per Game  TeamTackles WonClearances MadeInterceptions MadeBlocks MadeSuccessful PassesPassing Accuracy (%)Aerial Duels WonAerial Success (%)Apps
Toby Alderweireld Southampton 1.35 5.42 1.19 0.81 34.12 80 1.42 52.86 26
Jan Vertonghen Tottenham 1.34 7 2.19 0.66 37.16 85 2.78 67.42 32
Nikola Maksimovic Torino 1.70 3.89 3.56 0.48 44.15 86 0.85 53.49 27

Maksimovic led Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld for both tackles and interceptions won per game last term, while winning a greater percentage of aerial duels than the latter, who spent the season on-loan at Southampton.

Despite falling short in terms of blocks and clearances, the 23-year-old also excelled in his passing, with a superior completion rate and more successful passes per game than the Belgian duo.

Following the departure of Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches this summer, Mauricio Pochettino could feel he needs to acquire a new centre-back before the end of the summer window, and Maksimovic would certainly fit the bill.

The Serbian, who would be available for around £14 million, could prove an astute signing for the Argentine head coach.

Capable of rivalling both Vertonghen and Alderweireld for a regular starting role, his arrival would provide the sense of competition needed to ensure the best form from the club's defensive players. 

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