Report: Tottenham keen on Koln's Jonas Hector; could Ben Davies switch position?

Germany's Jonas Hector celebrates after scoring the third goal against Italy

Tottenham are reportedly in the race to sign Koln left back Jonas Hector.

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According to German newspaper Express, Tottenham have joined Wolfsburg and Liverpool in the race to sign Koln left back Jonas Hector.

Hector, 26, has established himself as one of the top left backs in the Bundesliga following a 2010 move to Koln, and his performances even earned him a starting role in Joachim Loew's Germany side for this summer's European Championships.

Germany's Jonas Hector in action with Poland's Lukasz Piszczek

Hector has played every minute of Germany's run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, and his performances appear to have triggered major interest.

German newspaper Express report that Hector's price tag has now shot up to €20m (£16.8m) after his displays in France, and whilst Liverpool and Wolfsburg have long been tracking Hector, a surprise name has entered the race - Tottenham Hotspur.

Germany's Jonas Hector celebrates after scoring the third goal against Italy

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is gearing up for a Champions League campaign next season, and having already added midfielder Victor Wanyama, many expect him to make a move for another centre back as cover for the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.

The link to Hector is particularly surprising given that Spurs already have a top left back in Danny Rose, and even have superb cover in Ben Davies - unless he switches position to accommodate Hector.

Tottenham's Ben Davies in action with Fiorentina's Jakub Blaszczykowski

23-year-old Davies, who signed for Spurs from Swansea City back in the summer of 2014, is predominantly a left back, but has been starring for Wales at Euro 2016 in an unfamiliar centre back role, prompting questions over whether he could play there long-term.

With Vertonghen believed to be out injured for around four months, manager Pochettino may yet want to give Davies a chance at centre back in pre-season - but even if that is the case, it doesn't seem likely that the Spurs boss would splash almost £17m on another left back without seeing Davies extensively in the heart of defence.

Spurs have been active in the German market of late, signing Kevin Wimmer and Son Heung-min from Koln and Bayer Leverkusen respectively last summer, and they've been linked to another Bundesliga raid with Hector; but all things considered, this is a move which doesn't look too likely right now.

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