Tottenham in talks to sign £18m-rated centre-back as Skriniar bid fails

Date published: Monday 5th October 2020 7:47

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Tottenham are reportedly in talks to sign a highly-rated Swansea centre-back after their bid to bring in Milan Skriniar failed.

Spurs were hoping to land Jose Mourinho’s top defensive target by making an improved offer to Inter Milan on Deadline Day, but a deal now looks highly unlikely.

With that being the case, the north London club have seemingly switched their focus to Swans star Joe Rodon instead.

A source told Sky Sports News that a deal is being considered for 22-year-old, with a fee between £7m and £18m under discussion.

The deal does not have to go through on Monday, however, because the domestic window will be open until October 16.

Rodon has spent his entire professional career at Swansea, apart from a loan spell at Cheltenham back in 2018.

The young defender has already been capped four times by Wales. He also been a regular for a Swans team that has started the new campaign well.

The player was subject of high praise from Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe over the summer.

The former Man City defender said: “He (Rodon) is right up there in terms of position for his age.

“You look at (Rio) Ferdinand and (John) Terry, and there are elements of both in Rodon’s game.”

West Ham have previously been linked with Rodon, with a £15m offer mooted. But it looks like a switch to Spurs could be on the cards instead.

 

Everton move for Spurs stopper

Everton have identified two potential targets as they consider adding competition for Jordan Pickford, according to reports on deadline day.

Pickford has been number one for club and country for a few years. But some high profile errors have put his chances of retaining those roles in doubt.

Carlo Ancelotti has regularly defended his goalkeeper, but according to reports, he may want to sign another player in that position before the transfer deadline.

Fortunately for Pickford, Ancelotti is not eyeing a replacement for him, but a reliable backup to keep him on his toes instead.

At present, Jonas Lossl – who spent the second half of last season back on loan at Huddersfield – and 20-year-old Joao Virginia are the only other goalkeepers in the squad.

Therefore, Everton want to bring in another option to deputise for Pickford.

According to The Times, two players they have made contact for are Sergio Romero and Paulo Gazzaniga. Read more…

 

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