Reports in the British press are suggesting that Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is ready to launch another bid to sign Fabio Coentrao in the January transfer window.
Spurs were linked with a move for the Portugal international over the summer, with the ex-Benfica defender thought to have been close to being included in part exchange in Gareth Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid.
However, despite an effort to sign Coentrao on loan by Manchester United also, the full back ended up staying at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Coentrao has largely been used as a substitute this season by Carlo Ancelotti, with Brazilian Marcelo being preferred at left back. The Portuguese defender has only played four times in 2013-14, and is said to be eager to leave the Spanish capital in search of regular first-team football.
Villas-Boas is an admirer of his countryman, and will make another attempt to sign him when the transfer window reopens, if reports in the British media are to be believed.
Spurs have added quality to their first-team squad over the summer, but left-back is one area where they are lacking strength in depth. With Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton failing to overly impress and struggling with injuries, left-footed central defender Jan Vertonghen has been utilised on the flank.
Although Vertonghen is more than able of playing at left-back, and put in an industrious performance against Everton in Spurs’ last game against Everton, the Belgium international has admitted he prefers to play as a centre-half.
With the former Ajax man Tottenham’s most assured centre-half, there is an argument that putting him out at full-back could weaken the north London side’s back four.
Even with Vlad Chiriches and Michael Dawson able to start in the heart of the side’s defence and Younes Kaboul ready to deputise, it would be reassuring for Villas-Boas not to have to over-rely on Vertonghen at left-back.
The top teams have able deputies in every position, and it currently appears that left-back is the only position where Tottenham are not covered adequately.
Coentrao is an excellent attacking full-back, has international and Champions League experience and would add a host of other positive attributes to a star-studded Spurs squad.
With Tottenham’s working relationship with Real Madrid, Villas-Boas will look to take advantage of this and try to land Coentrao in the new year.
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