Tottenham defensive target Joe Rodon has been likened to two former England captains in John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.
Spurs have been in the hunt for a new centre-back throughout the current transfer window, but failed in their efforts to land Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar.
Jose Mourinho’s men are looking to complete a deal for the Wales international before Friday’s EFL deadline.
They must first agree a fee with the Championship club, with the two sides apart in their valuation so far. But Tottenham could seal a deal for around £13m, with add-ons included.
Rodon’s all-round game has many pundits purring, with Sky Sports commentator Andy Hinchcliffe a big fan.
And the former Manchester City and Everton defender feels there are elements of both Terry and Ferdinand in the 22-year-old’s game.
“He’s right up there in terms of position for his age,” said Hinchcliffe.
“I think what you tend to do with young centre-halves is look at the greats of the Premier League. You look at Rio Ferdinand and John Terry and there are elements of both in Rodon’s game.
“What I want from a centre-half is someone who loves to defend. Yes, they can play, but they don’t just like defending, they really want to defend – they want to get in the line of fire, they want to stop the opposition scoring.
“That’s what we see with Rodon. When the ball is there to be won, he wins it.”
Tottenham are facing competition from Leicester for the young stopper. The Foxes, however, would sooner do a deal in January or next summer.
That leaves the door open for Daniel Levy to complete the signing by Friday, in what has already been an impressive transfer window for Spurs.
Spurs target reveals summer interest
Bas Dost has revealed why he would have never have joined Tottenham over the summer after confirming their interest in him.
The 31-year-old Dutchman has notched 12 goals in 33 games for Eintracht since signing from Sporting Lisbon in 2019.
Before that he was particularly prolific in Portugal, banging in 93 goals in 127 appearances.
That output alerted Jose Mourinho over a potential move, as the Spurs chief looked to strengthen his forward line.
But Dost claimed that he was not thinking about leaving his current club, where he is guaranteed regular football.