According to a report by the Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur have Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard on their list of potential new centre-backs – and it is believed the Saints are already ‘well into their search’ for a replacement should he leave.
The Lowdown: Tottenham eyeing new centre-backs…
The centre-half position has been made a priority position by Spurs as they aim to oversee a major summer revamp at the back.
New Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo may have to coach a more or less brand new backline over the 2021/2022 season with a big few months of change potentially on the horizon.
Long-time defender Toby Alderweireld has reportedly told the club he wants to leave, while the futures of Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier remain a point of discussion.
The Latest: Tottenham want Vestergaard…
As per the Athletic, Saints colossus Vestergaard is on Tottenham’s transfer list as managing director Fabio Paratici eyes defensive reinforcements this summer.
The 6 foot 6 beast was a mainstay for his club last season and it is thought that if a big side come calling, then he would like to exit the south coast.
Meanwhile, Southampton are already ‘well into their search’ for his heir should Vestergaard leave, according to this report.
The Verdict: Do it Paratici…
A powerful presence at the back, Vestergaard started 29 Premier League matches at the back for Southampton over 2020/2021 and averaged more clearances per 90 (4) than anyone in their squad (WhoScored).
His manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, was certainly in awe of his ability at one point last season – branding the Dane as ‘absolutely phenomenal’ due to his sheer strength in the air (Hampshire Live).
Valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, despite the possibility of him costing more, a figure even close to this amount points to a possible bargain for Tottenham this summer.
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