Liverpool-linked Emmanuel Mammana could be ideal Kevin Wimmer replacement at Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Lyon defender Emmanuel Mammana has been on the radar of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino for some time but Liverpool have made the first move.

With Southampton talisman Virgil van Dijk seemingly out of Liverpool’s reach following the fall-out from tapping-up allegations, Jurgen Klopp will be forced to look elsewhere for a fresh face to shore up The Reds’ leaky backline.

And it seems as if he’s settled on a new target. The Express reports that Liverpool have made a £14.9 million bid for Lyon defender Emmanuel Mammana.

Roma's Mohamed Salah in action with Lyon's Emanuel MammanaEmanuel Mammana's Europa League performances caught the eye

The Argentine would be a likely replacement for Mamadou Sakho, whose strained relationship with Klopp means he is likely to leave despite offering a reminder of his quality with a superb loan spell at Crystal Palace.

Liverpool, whose squad is likely to be strained by balancing domestic football with a return to the Champions League, have reportedly offered Mammana a deal worth £54,000 a week though he will not enter negotiations until a fee is agreed.

Slipping away

Therefore, it appears that Tottenham Hotspur are drinking in last chance saloon with their one-time target on the radar of the club who finished two places below them last season.

The Mirror reported in October that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was keeping tabs on his 21-year-old compatriot, who enjoyed a fine start to life in Lyon after a summer move from River Plate. The three-time Albiceleste international also improved as the campaign progressed, his excellent positional sense and composure in possession ensuring he stood out in Ligue 1 as well as the Europa League, as Lyon reached the quarter finals.

Emanuel Mammana in action for Argentina Under-20's

A technically gifted and youthful player, Mammana is a typical Tottenham signing.

Spurs are understood to be interested in signing a new defender to compete with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, with The Sun reporting that Kevin Wimmer, who is also behind Eric Dier in the pecking order, is available for transfer.

And Mammana would certainly come cheaper than Spurs target Ben Gibson, the Middlesbrough skipper who is valued at around £25 million, per The Sun.

However, Liverpool’s need for defensive reinforcements means they will be keen to tie up a deal, suggesting Spurs must move quick if they renew their interest.

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