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Levy must provide Pochettino with £12.5m-rated defender this month to cover Toby Alderweireld

The resident Lilywhites in the Transfer Tavern are hoping Mauricio Pochettino will add some further additions to his squad this month.

As it stands, Tottenham Hotspur have it all to do if they want to achieve qualification for the Champions League this season. Pochettino’s side have not enjoyed the smoothest season so far, as they sit 3 points behind fourth placed Liverpool after 22 fixtures, much to the frustration of the Spurs faithful propping up our bar in the tavern.

Injuries to some of Tottenham’s key players have contributed to Tottenham’s failure to emulate their form from last season, although that excuse cannot be used as a full explanation.

The likes of Moussa Dembele, Danny Rose, and Toby Alderweireld have all endured significant spells on the sideline through injury this year, and the latter remains out of contention with his Hamstring injury.

Pochettino is lacking genuine strength in depth in central defence, as Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen are his only natural centre-backs available to him in Alderweireld’s absence.

There is of course Eric Dier to consider, but his performances at centre back in recent months have left plenty to be desired, and he seems far more comfortable in defensive midfield.

With those points to consider, Tottenham should ignore Borussia Monchengladbach’s public declaration that they do not wish to sell Jannik Vestergaard and make a bid for his services this month.

According to Goal, the Monchengladbach manager Max Eberl has firmly stated that the Danish defender is not for sale, but history has taught us that every player has his price.

c (valued at £12.5 million on Transfermarkt) is tall, powerful, and comfortable in possession, so he should slot comfortably into Pochettino’s side and adapt quickly to his philosophy.

Spurs could quickly become very short of options if they suffer another injury set back or two, so they should ignore Gladbach’s hands-off approach and pursue Vestergaard’s signature this month.

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