Report: Levy still keen to sell Alderweireld, contact made about signing Bailly

Daniel Levy Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on May 5, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

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Daniel Levy Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on May 5, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

According to the Daily Record, Tottenham Hotspur have re-established their interest in Manchester United's Eric Bailly ahead of the January transfer window, with Daniel Levy still keen to sell Toby Alderweireld.

Alderweireld may have been a key part of the Spurs defence since his 2015 move from Atletico Madrid, but he is out of contract at the end of the season, and even with a one-year option on that deal, it enables a £25million release clause in his contract.

Either way then, it seems that Alderweireld will be leaving Spurs at the end of the season, and having failed to sell him in the summer, a new January attempt may take place.

 

The Daily Record report that Spurs chairman Levy is still keen to offload Alderweireld in January, and may hope to sell to the highest bidder before the situation is effectively taken out of their hands next summer.

Whilst Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth are showing great potential, Spurs would need another centre back, and it seems that they have identified their ideal signing.

The report notes that Spurs attempted to land Manchester United's Bailly over the summer, but were rebuffed immediately, only for Tottenham to re-communicate their interest in the Ivorian ahead of January.

Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 29, 2018 in London, United...

Bailly's situation has certainly changed since the summer; having started the season as a first-choice centre back for Jose Mourinho, he has played just 20 minutes of Premier League action since the end of August.

Bailly is clearly out of favour under Mourinho, and Spurs may feel that January is the ideal time to try again for the ex-Espanyol ace having failed in the summer - and ideally offload Alderweireld at the same time.

Eric Bailly of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on August 19, 2018 in Brighton,...

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