There have been a number of central defenders linked to Tottenham in the media as Mauricio Pochettino attempts to strengthen the centre of the Spurs defence.
Last season injuries to the Tottenham central defenders left Spurs short of cover and for two spells during the season they had to utilise midfield players as makeshift central defenders. Spurs are thought to be looking to sign two central defenders this summer as there are concerns over Younes Kaboul’s long-term fitness after two seasons blighted with injury problems and Michael Dawson has been a target for Hull City with Tottenham apparently prepared to sell their captain.
The return of Jan Vertonghen from the World Cup will enable Pochettino to determine Vertonghen’s thoughts on his future at White Hart Lane. With such uncertainty, Tottenham need to ensure they find replacements for central defence as quickly as possible.
6 Central Defenders Linked with Tottenham
When Mauricio Pochettino was appointed as Tottenham Head Coach, it was thought that some players might follow him from Southampton to White Hart Lane. The players had spoken highly of their departing manager and at this point in time Dejan Lovren might be the one. The Croatian central defender has expressed his desire to leave the south coast club with rumours that he could go ‘on strike’ by not returning for pre-season training.
There was a report in The Guardian on Friday that Liverpool who have already signed two players from the Saints had had an £18m offer rejected. Southampton are very reluctant to sell any more players but as we all know, if a player proves difficult through pre-season, there’s not much the club can do but finally agree to their departure. The completion of any transfer involving Dejan Lovren could turn into a long drawn out affair.