According to The Sunday Mirror (21/06, p72), Tottenham Hotspur are now favourites to win the race for Beijing Guoan defender Kim Min-jae this summer.

It’s claimed that Spurs are now leading the race for Kim, ahead of a number of other Premier League clubs – and it seems that Son Heung-min could be key.

The report states that Son’s influence is ‘likely to prove pivotal’ as Tottenham attempt to win the race. Son and Kim are international teammates with South Korea and could join forces at club level.

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Beijing Guoan are allegedly happy to sell for around £13.5million. That appears to fit into Tottenham’s budget, which has been hit by the global pandemic.

Kim, nicknamed ‘Monster’, could give Jose Mourinho another defensive option with Jan Vertonghen set to go – and he is certainly an impressive prospect.

He is big and strong at 6ft 3in tall, whilst he can also carry the ball out of defence, resembling something of a South Korean Harry Maguire.

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It’s no great shock that Mourinho would want a player like that. He was linked with signing Maguire during his time as Manchester United boss, but Kim would come much, much cheaper.

The problem for Spurs is rival interest. A Bola claim that North London rivals Arsenal want to sign Kim, whilst The Guardian state that Everton have already expressed their interest.

Yet with Son in the ranks, Tottenham seemingly believe they can get a deal done – two years since they were first linked with signing Kim.

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