Report: Tottenham may consider summer bids for Toby Alderweireld

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old...

Toby Alderweireld's Tottenham future remains a topic of discussion.

Newport County's Irish striker Padraig Amond (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld during the English FA Cup fourth round replay football match between...

According to the London Evening Standard, Toby Alderweireld had a two-hour meeting with Mauricio Pochettino last week – and Tottenham Hotspur may be open to selling the defender this summer.

Spurs swooped to land Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid in 2015, paying a reported bargain fee of £11.4million (The Guardian), and he has become arguably the Premier League's top centre back during his time in North London.

Alderweireld, 28, is in a strange situation given that Spurs haven't been able to strike a deal to boost his £50,000-a-week wages, and with other clubs lining up to sign him – especially as a £25million release clause can be activated in 2019 – it's claimed that Tottenham may be open to selling the defender this summer.

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

It's added that Alderweireld had a two-hour meeting with manager Pochettino last week, discussing his injury status, as Spurs continue to hold him back after a three-month lay-off with a hamstring injury, but the defender is understood to be a little frustrated with Tottenham's communication, and the relationship between club and player needs to be repaired.

The longer it goes on, the worse it gets

Tottenham remain adamant that no key players will be sold this summer unless the club want them to go, but Daniel Levy and co may be tempted to sell Alderweireld whilst they can dictate the price, rather than being tied to the release clause next year.

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old...

Discussions over Alderweireld's contract went on throughout 2017, but no deal was struck to put Alderweireld in line with Tottenham's biggest earners, leaving his future up in the air.

Add in the questions over his fitness and Tottenham's reluctance to play him, and the situation surrounding Alderweireld is seemingly getting worse before it gets better, and fans will hope for a swift resolution.

Alderweireld has certainly proven himself as being worth a huge new contract, but Spurs have so far failed to do that, and the closer this saga gets to the summer, the more Tottenham fans will worry about losing the centre back.

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur is injured during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in London,...

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