Levy eyes exciting PL defender with £15m price fall to plug Tottenham gaps

Date published: Friday 3rd January 2020 4:07

Tottenham are tracking the progress of Norwich’s Max Aarons with right-back the priority for boss Jose Mourinho in the transfer window, according to a report.

Despite Spurs conceding 18 goals throughout former boss Mauricio Pochettino’s last 11 games in charge, the club have leaked the same number of goals in Mourinho‘s first 11 matches.

Mourinho is said to have bolstering his leaky defence as a top priority this month, with previous reports linking Tottenham with a move for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

However, according to Sky Sports News, it is right-back where Mourinho wants to strengthen most and Aarons has reportedly been earmarked as an exciting potential addition.

The source claims that Tottenham have been keen on the 19-year-old since Kieran Trippier was sold to Atletico Madrid in the summer and that their interest has not waned.

In fact, it is claimed that earlier reports, which suggested that Aarons could cost up to £45m, are “wide of the mark”, with £30m a more accurate valuation of the full-back.

Everton, West Ham and Arsenal are also said to be keen on Aarons, although the Gunners have made it clear that big-money deals this month are “unlikely”.

Aarons is sought after for continuing to impress in the Premier League, after picking up the Young Player of the Season award in the Championship last season for the Canaries.

The youngster has featured in all but two of Norwich’s games in all competitions this term, as well as earning his first five caps for England’s Under-21s.

Sky Sports News also claims that RB Leipzig’s Nordi Mukiele is on Tottenham‘s radar, with Spurs having initially registered interest in the player before he moved to Germany from Montpellier in 2018.

 

 

Mukiele has been a key figure for Leipzig this season, with the side top of the Bundesliga table, although the club are likely to want to keep hold of their top players as they hunt their first top flight title.

Elsewhere, Tottenham are reportedly on alert with Atletico prepared to sell winger Thomas Lemar in January.

The Frenchman has failed to reach the potential he showed at Monaco, netting just three times in 62 appearances for his current employers.

Reports in Spain suggest that with Joao Felix displacing him in the side, boss Diego Simeone is prepared to cut his losses with Lemar.

Lemar was Atletico’s record signing when he was brought in from France in 2018.

 

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