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Fourth and fifth Tottenham signings identified by Fabrizo Romano as Van de Ven price hike sees Postecoglou revert to ‘super appreciated’ star

Tottenham badge Wolfsburg centre-back Micky Van de Ven Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba

Micky van de Ven and Edmond Tapsoba are Tottenham transfrer targets

Tottenham are ready to abandon their quest to sign Micky van de Ven after a sudden and dramatic price hike from Wolfsburg persuaded the club to pursue another “super appreciated” target instead.

A new era at Tottenham is very much underway with Ange Postecoglou looking to make his mark in N7. And after the disappointment of finishing a lowly eighth in the season just gone, the 57-year-old Aussie will hope to oversee a marked improvement at the club.

To kick things off, Postecoglou has already signed off on three deals. The permanent signing of Dejan Kulusevski was pushed through after a successful 18-month loan to kick things off.

That was soon followed by deals for goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario in a €17m deal from Empoli. And the capture of James Maddison from Leicester for £40m has taken their summer outlays soaring towards the £90m mark.

However, Spurs and Postecoglou are far from finished.

To that end, a deal for former Israel winger Manor Soloman has been given the Here We Go treatment by Fabrizio Roamno.

However, the Spurs boss plans to strengthen his reargaurd and is also targeting a new central defensive recruit.

As a result, talks have been ongoing for some time for both Edmond Tapsoba and Van de Ven.

Per widespread claims, Tapsoba has always been Tottenham’s top target. However, Bayer Leverksuen rate the Burkino Faso international highly and their €50m (£43m) valuation has always appeared prohibitive.

As a result, Spurs have in recent weeks stepped up their efforts to prise Dutchman Van de Ven to north London.

The Wolfsburg defender was the quickest around according to Bundesliga records last season.

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Van de Ven price hike dissuades Levy; Tapsoba back on Tottenham radar

In addition, the the player’s agent has made it clear a move to Tottenham is of interest. As as result, it just seemed a matter of when not if the deal would go through.

However, according to Wolfsburger Allgemeine, the Bundesliga side have now responded to Tottenham interest by raising their price for the 22-year-old.

And their once €35m (£30m) demands have since been raised to €45m (£38m).

Given the costs involved, it’s now reported Daniel Levy is more inclined to push through a move for Tapsoba.

And while even costlier at £43m, the 24-year-old is far the more proven article.

Furthermore, with big-game European experience to his name  – something that Van de Ven lacks – they appear ready to turn their focus back towards the Levekusen star.

And according to Alasdair Gold, speaking on Football.London, Spurs believe Tapsoba is more a ‘readymade option’ this summer.

Tapsoba ‘super appreciated’ by Tottenham

Providing a further update on the pursuit, Romano told Caught Offside why the next week will determine which of the pair they will target.

“The next days are going to be important for Tottenham and their pursuit of a new centre-back,” he wrote.

“I’m told Tapsoba remains the top target, and he has always been super appreciated. The deal depends on Bayer Leverkusen’s decision on final price tag but Spurs still want Tapsoba.

“They keep negotiating also for Van de Ven. Because, in the end, the price is the crucial point for them when signing a new centre-back.”

Tapsoba stands at 6ft 4 and has made over 100 appearances for Leverkusen. The centre-half has also won 35 caps for his country, scoring once.

One of the most rapid defenders around, his reading of the game, aerial ability and passing makes him the ideal addition for Postecoglou.

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