Tottenham Hotspur remain in the market for a new centre back, even though the international deadline passed last week.

Jose Mourinho’s men had targeted Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan, but weren’t able to come up with the cash to sign the Slovakian star.

The international deadline has gone, so if Tottenham want to sign another centre back before January, it must be an EFL player – and it must come before Friday.

Tottenham’s main target is Swansea City defender Joe Rodon, with Sky Sports reporting that talks were held on deadline day last week.

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The Daily Mail claim that Rodon is expected to complete his move this week, with a fee of around £13million suggested.

The 22-year-old Welshman is a real talent for the future, combining strength and size at 6ft 4in tall with ability on the ball.

If Spurs fans were wondering what kind of talent they would be picking up in Rodon, then pundit Andy Hinchcliffe’s comments over the summer give a strong indication of his talent.

As quoted by Sky Sports, Hinchcliffe compared Rodon to John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, believing he possesses some of the elements that made them Premier League heroes.

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Hinchcliffe praised Rodon for really wanting to defend as well as play out from the back, believing that he will go and win the ball if it’s there to be won – and Mourinho should love those attributes.

“He’s right up there in terms of position for his age,” said Hinchcliffe. “I think what you tend to do with young centre-halves is look at the greats of the Premier League. You look at Rio Ferdinand and John Terry and there are elements of both in Rodon’s game.”

“What I want from a centre-half is someone who loves to defend. Yes, they can play, but they don’t just like defending, they really want to defend – they want to get in the line of fire, they want to stop the opposition scoring. That’s what we see with Rodon. When the ball is there to be won, he wins it,” he added.

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