Report: Tottenham misfit Federico Fazio poised for early exit, West Brom transfer close

Tottenham defender Federico Fazio is reportedly nearing a move to West Bromwich Albion.

According to The Telegraph, West Bromwich Albion are close to signing Tottenham defender Federico Fazio after having a £5m bid accepted.

Fazio, 28, joined Spurs from Sevilla last summer having impressed with the La Liga side, and at 6ft 5in, the Argentine was seen as the man to add some height and power to the Spurs backline.

However, Fazio failed to nail down a regular first team spot under his compatriot Mauricio Pochettino, and the writing has been on the wall for him this summer.

Pochettino has brought in two centre backs this summer, snapping up Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer, and whilst Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches have left the club, it seems that the Tottenham defence is set for further overhaul.

The Telegraph report that, just one year into his four-year contract at White Hart Lane, Fazio is considering an early exit away from North London after Tottenham accepted a £5m bid for his services from Premier League rivals West Brom.

The Baggies may have already signed James Chester from West Brom, but it appears that manager Tony Pulis still wants more defensive reinforcements, hence the move for the giant Fazio.

Ultimately, Fazio was solid enough but didn't fit what Tottenham wanted to do in terms of playing the ball out from the back. The Argentine doesn't have the technical ability of Alderweireld, and it showed last season with some anxious moments in the Spurs backline.

Under Pulis, Fazio will be expected to play the ball forward to either Rickie Lambert or Salomon Rondon, which appearrs to be a much better fit for the Spurs defender - if he does indeed make his move to The Hawthorns.

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