Sevilla reportedly line up replacement as defender nears Spurs move

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Federico Fazio from Sevilla.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly close to making Sevilla star Federico Fazio their fifth signing of the summer.

The Argentine centre-back has been drafted up as the ideal alternative after missing out on Villarreal star Mateo Musacchio over the past week.

Fazio’s move to Spurs appears only a matter of time as Sevilla have all but accepted his departure by identifying a like-for-like replacement.

According to the Spanish publication Elgoldigital, the man in question is Juventus star Angelo Ogbonna as the La Liga outfit's sporting director Monchi looks to conclude a quick loan deal for the 26-year-old.

Central defence has been a cause of concern for new boss Mauricio Pochettino and his biggest summer priority has been trying to rectify the club’s problems at the back.

Standing at 6ft 5inches, towering centre-back Fazio would offer Spurs further protection from set-pieces while also offering a goal threat at the other end of the pitch.

Last season, the 27-year-old made 29 appearances in all competitions and helped the club win the Europa League.

The deal to take him to White Hart Lane is said to be in the region of €10 million and could be completed early next week as it was revealed he made took no part in Sevilla's La Liga opener last night.

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