Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly eyeing a shock swoop for Jannik Vestergaard, who is expected to leave Southampton for just €14 million.
According to Transfer Market Web, Tottenham Hotspur have re-entered the race to sign Jannik Vestergaard. The Southampton centre-back is a talked-about prospect in the English market heading into this final week before the Premier League gets underway. He is likely to leave the club for just €14 million, putting a number on clubs on red alert.
Formerly of Hoffenheim, Vestergaard was linked with a move to both Leicester City and West Ham United last week. But it appears Tottenham have emerged as a potential destination, with their newly appointed manager Nuno Espirito Santo determined to further strengthen his ranks in the defensive department.
Earlier this month, Tottenham had secured the services of a Cristian Romero from Atalanta. The Argentine is certainly considered as a direct replacement for Toby Alderweireld, who had moved to Al-Duhail after years of service.
However, the club still lacks the services of a proper defensive partner for Romero, with Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez struggling with a lack of consistency. Takehiro Tomiyasu is one of Tottenham’s main targets, but it seems the Lilywhites are set to face stiff competition from arch-rivals Arsenal.
As a result, Fabio Paratici has set his sights on Vestergaard. The Southampton ace offers more far more experience, having featured in 72 Premier League matches since joining the Saints in 2018. He has, in his locker, almost 200 appearances in the Bundesliga as well, along with 29 caps for the Danish national team.
Such experience at the highest level of football could be vital in mobilising a relatively young defensive unit comprising Romero, Sanchez, Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga. Not to mention, his robust style of play and an imposing 1.99m frame should combine well alongside the technically gifted future of Romero in the Tottenham backline.
A fee of €14 million appears quite reasonable for a player of his calibre, especially in the current financial climate. Vestergaard could thus be nothing short of an absolute bargain for Tottenham as they look to improve their defensive ranks before moving on to other targets.
Speaking of which, Spurs are now reportedly embroiled in a transfer battle with Aston Villa for yet another Southampton star in James Ward-Prowse. The Englishman could be a far more difficult target, though, as he is considered the beating heart of the Saints and had been at the club since 2003. As for Vestergaard, it remains to be seen if Tottenham can land Vestergaard successfully or if Leicester win the race to sign him.