Speaking to ESPN, respected scout and former AS Monaco sporting director Tor Kristian-Karlsen has tipped Spurs to sign Lille defender Sven Botman as an ideal heir to club fan favourite Jan Vertonghen – with the 6 foot 4 monster valued at a bargain £9 million by Transfermarkt.
Botman, who has been one of Ligue 1’s top centre-backs so far this campaign at such a young age, could be a viable signing for chairman Daniel Levy and co as the club ponder January plans.
Botman tipped as Vertonghen heir
Despite having a strong squad already, potential injuries can take their toll, as highlighted by Toby Alderweireld’s brief recovery on the sidelines and recently confirmed LASK absences for Harry Kane, Sergio Reguilon, Carlos Vinicius and Erik Lamela (football.london).
As the January transfer window looms, Levy could be tempted to scour for bargain deals, with Botman now being tipped as a prime candidate with plenty of potential.
Described as a left-footed defender who could fill the gap left by Vertonghen, he averages an impressive 92% pass accuracy out from the back.
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He is also being touted as a ‘leader‘ already at just 20-years-old, something that could entice manager Jose Mourinho as he aims to bring silverware to Spurs for the first time since 2008.
Botman, attracting rave reviews, ‘muzzled‘ superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimović in early November during a Europa League group stage encounter.
Partly due to his stellar defensive performance, Lille came out 3-0 victors in that match, with Botman attracting lofty praise.
It remains to be seen whether Levy and co sanction a move for the colossus, but judging by his credentials, he could even challenge summer signing Joe Rodon.
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