Tottenham have made initial contact with the agent of Juventus defender Merih Demiral over a possible deal in January, according to a report.
The 21-year-old, who moved to Turin from Sassuolo in the summer, has struggled to make an impact under Maurizio Sarri having only played once in the Serie A to date, despite Georgio Chiellini only being fit for one game.
Recent reports have indicated that Manchester United and Arsenal are both keen on the Turkish international as they look to add defensive reinforcements in the winter window.
In fact, one claim reported that the Gunners – whose defence has come under serious scrutiny so far this season – are prepared to sacrifice Hector Bellerin in order to bring Demiral in.
However, according to Bleacher Report, Tottenham have now joined the race for the player having registered initial interest with his representatives.
It is claimed that Demiral is becoming increasingly frustrated with his current situation, meaning a move away from Juve early next year is “developing into a real possibility”.
AC Milan are also said to have made their interest known, although they are not seen as genuine contenders at this stage due to Demiral’s desire to move away from Italy.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs have reportedly failed in a bid to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.
Reports in the Netherlands claim that the North Londoners were keen on the 22-year-old having seen his growing importance in his side; the Dutchman scored against Spurs in the Champions League and was included on the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist.
However, De Telegraaf claims that boss Jose Mourinho has been the telling indicator in Van de Beek’s future.
The midfielder reportedly wants to play at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane rather than under the Portuguese.