Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo wants his side to prepare a January transfer bid for Stoke defender Harry Souttar, according to a report.
The 23-year-old has established himself as an impressive figure for the Potters, despite it taking him a while. Following his arrival in 2016, he only made a few Premier League bench appearances before their relegation.
From there, a loan spell at Ross County and two at Fleetwood followed for the Australia international.
Since the start of last season, though, Souttar has played 51 of 60 Championship outings for Stoke. As such, interest in his services has emerged – and it has come from the Premier League.
Previous reports have claimed that Everton are looking into signing him. Tottenham’s interest has also been mentioned.
According to Football Insider, though, Spurs boss Nuno has now stepped up his side’s chase for Souttar.
He has sanctioned a move for him and wants his club to prepare a January bid for the player. This follows multiple scouting trips to watch Souttar, the report adds.
Former Wolves boss Nuno green-lighted a move for the centre-back when he was at Molineux.
Now, it is Spurs, Everton and Aston Villa who are in the race to sign him. Football Insider adds that Stoke are ‘braced’ for January offers for their defender.
Souttar, born in Aberdeen, qualified for Australian allegiance and has nine caps on the international stage.
He has a fantastic record for his country too, scoring six goals, while he featured at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
The centre-half is also in good form for his club, who sit ninth in the Championship but are level on points with sixth-placed Middlesbrough.
Souttar move presents Tottenham similarity
Should Spurs sign Souttar, they would be raiding a Championship club for a defender for the second time in two years.
They signed Joe Rodon from Swansea in the summer 2020 transfer window. He is battling his way into the team.
The likes of Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez are first-choice picks for Nuno. Rodon, meanwhile, has played in the Europa Conference League matches.
He is also a regular Wales international, despite his lack of club minutes.