Tottenham to move for versatile Ajax defender after failed January bid

Tottenham are reportedly ready to renew their efforts to sign a versatile Ajax defender this summer after failing with a January bid for the player.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claims that Spurs made a move to sign Edson Alvarez in the January window, but were told to forget it by Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag.

The 22-year-old, who can play as a centre-back, right-back or in a defensive midfield role, joined Ajax in the summer from Club America after being linked all over Europe.

Alvarez has made 21 appearances for the Dutch giants this season, but the report adds that he is unhappy about a lack of game time.

Indeed, the Mexico international has been an unused substitute in 10 of Ajax’s last 12 league games.

The report adds that Spurs and MLS outfit LA Galaxy both made approaches for Alverez in January but that although Ten Hag and Ajax director of football Marc Overmars blocked a move, it is believed that a summer exit could be orchestrated for Alvarez.

The report also claims Ajax would request a fee lower than the £13million paid for Alvarez.



Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen the spine of his team by making three signings this summer, according to reports.

First up is providing some stronger competition for skipper Hugo Lloris, with a report in The Sun claiming that Spurs are ready to make a shock raid on Watford for Ben Foster. Read more…