Report: Pochettino's patience may pay off as Juan Foyth is left out of Estudiantes squad, Spurs expect progress

Argentina's player Juan Foyth (L) vies for the ball with Venezuela's Ronaldo Chacon during their South American Championship U-20 football match at the Olimpico Atahualpa stadium in Quito...

Tottenham Hotspur could be moving towards a deal for Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth.

According to the Daily Mail, Estudiantes have left defender Juan Foyth out of their squad to face Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana this week as Tottenham attempt to close a deal.

Foyth, 19, was born in La Plata and has come up through the ranks with Estudiantes, but already looks poised for a move to Europe having caught the eye in Argentina.

Argentina's player Juan Foyth (L) vies for the ball with Venezuela's Ronaldo Chacon during their South American Championship U-20 football match at the Olimpico Atahualpa stadium in Quito...

The centre back hasn't even made it to double figures in league appearances for Estudiantes, but having also impressed for Argentina at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea earlier this summer, he has attracted major interest.

The Daily Mail now report that Foyth has been left out of the Estudiantes squad for their Copa Sudamericana clash with Uruguay's Nacional later this week as speculation surrounds his future.

It's added that Tottenham Hotspur now expect talks over a deal to sign Foyth to progress today, in the hope of tying up a deal swiftly following a lengthy pursuit of the teenager this summer.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is no doubt aware of the most talented young players in his native Argentina, and he now appears to be closing in on a deal for Foyth, with his patience potentially set to be rewarded.

Argentina's player Juan Foyth (L) vies for the ball with Colombia's player Juan Hernandez  during their South American Championship U-20 football match in the Olimpico Atahualpa stadium in...

Sky Sports reported just last month that Tottenham had cooled their interest in signing Foyth, as manager Pochettino had concerns about the asking price for the player at that time.

Spurs backed away from the race at that point, but if talks go as planned today, Pochettino could finally land the young defender, adding more depth behind Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen after signing Davinson Sanchez last week.

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