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Tottenham, Newcastle target reaches ‘full agreement’ with next club, Liverpool-linked striker to follow

Freiburg defender Nico Schlotterbeck

Tottenham and Newcastle target Nico Schlotterbeck has struck an agreement over a summer transfer, and he could soon be joined at his next club by a Liverpool target, per a trusted source.

Schlotterbeck, 22, had emerged on the radars of both Tottenham and Newcastle in recent weeks. Indeed, the Athletic reported he was on a shortlist of candidates Spurs had identified to upgrade Antonio Conte’s defence.

The left-footer plies his trade with Freiburg in Germany and could conceivably be seen as the ideal upgrade on Ben Davies.

The Welshman has made the left-sided position in a back three his own since Conte took charge. However, that position also represented the most obvious one in need of a tune-up this summer.

Newcastle too had been linked after reportedly seeing their advances turned down in January. And speaking to Sky Germany, Freiburg CEO Jochen Saier set tongues wagging with his comments on a potential summer exit for Schlotterbeck.

He said: “There were big clubs [interested in January].

“It was clear to us that we wouldn’t let him go in the winter. In the summer, there’s definitely a possibility.”

Schlotterbeck on the move

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund represented the biggest threats to the English pair. And according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, it is Dortmund who have stolen a march.

The journalist tweeted Dortmund have ‘reached a full agreement’ with the 6ft 3in centre-half. He will become their second signing of the summer after a deal with Bayern free agent-to-be Niklas Sule had already been wrapped up.

Romano did not indicate how much Schlotterbeck will set Dortmund back. However, Dortmund’s business is unlikely to end there.

Romano added ‘work is in progress’ over snapping up Liverpool target, Karim Adeyemi.

The German forward, 20, has long been on Liverpool’s radar but is being eyed as the potential successor to Erling Haaland by Dortmund.

Adeyemi currently plies his trade with RB Salzburg. Romano noted personal terms between Dortmund and the Austrian champions were agreed ‘weeks ago’.

With Schlotterbeck’s move taking a huge step forward, Dortmund are now hoping to seal Adeyemi’s move ‘as soon as possible’.