Tottenham plan to rectify transfer blunder under threat after Prem rival spy same target to succeed regular starter

Sunderland defender Dennis Cirkin

Tottenham still hope to re-sign a defender they sold in 2021, though a report has revealed they now face competition from a Premier League rival.

Antonio Conte has his Spurs side trending in the right direction. The fact they’ve bought well in the market since the Italian took charge has aided his cause. Indeed the likes of Ivan Perisic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison have all bedded in seamlessly in north London.

However, one deal sanctioned just prior to Conte’s arrival is coming under the microscope.

Tottenham sold England Under-20 international, Dennis Cirkin, to Sunderland in the summer of 2021.

Cirkin rose through Spurs’ academy and operates at either left-back or centre-half. Regardless, his versatility wasn’t enough to earn a stay of execution.

He joined the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee in August of last year. Since then, Cirkin has embarked on a superb rise.

Cirkin, now 20, featured in 37 league matches for Sunderland last season and his displays helped guide them towards League One promotion via the play-offs.

He’s remained a firm fixture in the starting eleven in the Championship, with nine starts – all at centre-back – to his name this season.

Last Sunday’s Transfer Gossip brought details of Tottenham realising the error they’d made. Indeed, Spurs are considering re-signing Cirkin, potentially as early as the January window.

Now, a fresh report from the Sun reaffirms Tottenham’s interest in bringing Cirkin back on board. However, they’re no longer the only team in town.

Sunderland tempted by quick profit?

The newspaper reports Thomas Frank’s Brentford are ‘set to rival’ Spurs for the defender. What’s more, they view him as a long-term successor to Rico Henry.

Henry operates primarily at left-back or left wing-back, meaning Frank clearly views Cirkin’s future at full-back. That’s despite all of his appearances in the Championship this season coming centrally.

Regardless, it’s claimed Sunderland may be tempted into making a quick profit on Cirkin in January.

With two clubs now in the mix, the Championship side will be hopeful a bidding war will maximise their profits.

Cirkin could give Conte future options

If Spurs are able to re-sign Cirkin, he could develop into a useful option in the years to come.

Conte operates with a back five and there are doubts as to who his long-term left centre-back will be.

The position is currently occupied by either Clement Lenglet or Ben Davies. However, Davies is approaching 30 and a natural full-back. Lenglet, meanwhile, is only a loan signing.

A more high profile target, such as Pau Torres, Josko Gvardiol or Alessandro Bastoni would better suit Conte’s immediate needs.

However, Cirkin would represent a viable back-up and given his rapid rise, could represent a fine piece of business if he continues to develop.

Given he can also count left-back and seemingly left wing-back among the strings to his bow, he’d provide another option out wide too.

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