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Tottenham want Piero Hincapie but Bayer Leverkusen chief Simon Rolfes has played down fears of him leaving the club this summer.

Tottenham are in the market for a new centre back this summer with Antonio Conte searching for a specific profile.

Conte wants a left-sided centre back given that he used Ben Davies out of his natural role there last season.

Alessandro Bastoni was a top target there but he chose to stay with Inter Milan rather than reunite with Conte.

RB Leipzig star Josko Gvardiol has been mentioned too but that doesn’t seem likely either, sending Tottenham to look elsewhere.

Tottenham want Piero Hincapie

Another Bundesliga option outside of Gvardiol is Bayer Leverkusen ace Hincapie.

Hincapie, 20, only joined Leverkusen last summer as he left Argentinian side Talleres.

The Ecuadorian defender is a little on the slight side at the moment, but he is quick and has real ability on the ball.

Given his lack of height and power, Hincapie may well be best served on the left of a back three.

German newspaper Kicker now claim that Tottenham are looking towards Hincapie in a potential €40million (£34million) deal.

Tottenham would certainly be paying for potential there with Hincapie not quite as developed as Bastoni or Gvardiol yet.

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Hincapie has admitted that he is even being compared to Cristian Romero for his style of play, which may well appeal just a year after Tottenham signed the Argentine.

Tottenham may well turn to Hincapie if other left-footed defenders can’t be secured, but Leverkusen seem fairly relaxed about the situation.

Sporting director Simon Rolfes has now told Kicker that there is no fear because Hincapie has a ‘long contract’ with Leverkusen.

Rolfes added that Hincapie is constantly playing at the highest level for Leverkusen and the club are happy to keep hold of him rather than sell him this summer.

“Basically, one thing is clear: Piero has a long contract, he is a young player who is already constantly offering the highest level. We are very happy that he is here,” said Rolfes.

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