There is a growing belief that new contracts could be agreed for at least one of the three Tottenham players set to become free agents next summer, according to a report.
Midfielder Christian Eriksen and defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are into the final months of their current deals in North London and will be free to negotiate pre-contract agreements with other clubs in January.
All three have been linked with a move away from North London of late – Eriksen especially – but according to Football London, Tottenham are beginning to feel they are getting close to tying at least one – if not two – of that trio down.
The source says that Alderweireld is the most likely to stay; boss Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of the Belgian having tried to sign him for Manchester United and with the defender expecting his second child with his partner, he is settled and keen to stay if the right offer is tabled.
As for Vertonghen, Football London says that the 32-year-old has so far been unable to agree fresh terms due to the length of the proposal being the issue. Spurs rarely give out deals longer than two years in length to players over 30, with Moussa Sissoko, 30, a recent exception.
Eriksen, meanwhile, confirmed during the summer that he was thinking about taking on a new challenge and Mourinho has admitted that the amount of game time he gets will be based on a “perspective of a future”.
In any case, Mourinho is reportedly looking for more clarity on the situations of the three players having spoken to them all individually since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino.
Mourinho’s strong start to life at Tottenham continued on Wednesday with a comeback win over Olympiacos in the Champions League.