Tottenham Hotspur set for £64m defensive upgrade after striking deal: report

Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing improvement at the back with big money to be spent in defence this summer

Tottenham Hotspur are on the brink of upgrading their defence with statements of huge intent from new manager Ange Postecoglou.

The incoming Australian manager has wasted no time setting about improving a squad that finished eighth last term, with Dejan Kulusevski and Cristian Romero both joining permanently. James Maddison has signed for around £40 million, while Manor Soloman has agreed a free transfer.

But with the likes of Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga rumoured to be close to exits, Postecoglou would like to improve Tottenham’s defensive situation, with two deals on the horiAccording to Football Insider, personal terms have been agreed with £30 million-rated Micky van de Ven, with Spurs said to be offering £25m to Wolfsburg as their first offer.

Not content with one defensive upgrade, however, Tottenham are moving for another Bundesliga star in Edmund Tapsoba, according to Sport BILD via Sport Witness. The Burkinabe is said to cost £34mzon With Antonio Conte favouring a 3-4-3 in the past year and a half, a lot of Tottenham’s defensive options are suited a back three. Postecoglou, however, prefers a 4-3-3 – and may also look for inverted full-backs.

Van de Ven, however, is a pacy centre-back – and possibly allows the Australian to play with a high defensive line, given that they would have greater recovery pace in the backline.

Van de Ven and Tapsoba are both valued by Transfermarkt to be worth €30m.

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Alan Shearer has joked that he’ll “drive Kane’s f****** car there [Bayern Munich] myself” in order to protect his Premier League goalscoring record.

Meanwhile, former striker Teddy Sheringham reckons that, “No Tottenham fan would begrudge him the opportunity to win trophies with another club”.

Tottenham transfer news is also ramping up, with Ange Postecoglou now confirmed as manager. Roger Ibanez has been linked, as has Liverpool no.2 Caoimhin Kelleher and long-time target Paolo Dybala.

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