Tottenham move for £30m right-back; cut-price option also up for grabs

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly stepped up his interest in signing Leicester right-back Ricardo Pereira in the January transfer window.

The Portugal international, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United, has established himself as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old only joined Leicester in 2018 in a £21million deal from Porto and was awarded the club’s Player of the Season in his first year at the club.

The Daily Express claims that Mourinho is ready to rival United for Pereira, who is under contract at the King Power until 2023, and that Spurs are readying a £30m offer for the player’s services.

Pereira is under contract at Leicester until 2023 and any club will find it difficult to convince the Foxes to part with one of their best players mid-way through the season.

Spurs are chasing two new full-backs as Mourinho looks to rebuild a defence that has struggled to keep clean-sheets this season, with current right-back Serge Aurier prone to major errors – particularly in big games.

But Pereira is not the only right-back on Tottenham’s radar, and news from West Brom is sure to have alerted the north London club.

That news concerns highly-rated Baggies full-back Nathan Ferguson, who up until recently had been a regular in Slaven Bilic’s side, but has missed the last two games.

The official line from The Hawthorns is that the 19-year-old is currently sidelined with a minor knock, but rumours persist that West Brom may be ready to do a deal for a player who will be out of contract in the summer and could be sold for as little as £10m.

Meanwhile, Tottenham defensive stalwart Jan Vertonghen is reportedly wanted by two clubs in the January transfer window.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Serie A outfit Napoli want to move for the 32-year-old this month – having failed with an approach last summer.

It is also understood that the centre-back’s former club Ajax are keen and want to try and re-sign him to bolster options at the back, having lost skipper Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus last summer.

The report explains that the Belgium international has had no breakthrough with his contract talks at Spurs, with his current deal expiring in the summer.

That means that teams can negotiate a pre-contract agreement to sign him on a free transfer next summer, but Napoli and Ajax want to try and tempt the player away this month. Read more…