As it stands, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Toby Alderweireld will be a Tottenham Hotspur player for much longer.
The Belgian centre-back is out of contract in 2019 and Spurs’ inability to tie him down to a new deal has been well documented. And with interest rising from clubs both in the Premier League and abroad, the Times claim that Tottenham could be ready to cash in.
And they might already have a replacement in mind. The Mirror (4 March, page 63) says that Tottenham are eyeing up a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen’s German international defender Jonathan Tah.
It is understood that the 22-year-old - who was part of Joachim Low’s Euro 2016 squad - has been watched by Tottenham’s scouts on a number of occasions and is valued by Leverkusen at around £35 million, having only signed a new long-term contract until 2023 last month.
But if his manager’s praise is anything to go by, Tah may just be worth that £35 million price-tag.
"Jona has outstanding assets. He's quick, technically strong, has great physical strength, is calm and has vision,” Heiko Herrlich said of the intelligent and poised Tah, in quotes reported by Football London.
"But he still feels he has room for improvement. He will bring us a lot of pleasure and have fun."
The 22-year-old has started 21 Bundesliga games this season with Leverkusen, who finished worryingly close to the drop zone last season, back in their usual position fighting for a place in the top four of German football.
Spurs already have one expensively accrued young centre-back in Davinson Sanchez and he and Tah could have the makings of an excellent partnership.
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