Spurs running risk of losing out in race to sign defender

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Tottenham Hotspur are looking to the summer transfer window.

The club qualified for Europe on the final day of the Premier League season, drawing with Crystal Palace as Wolves lost to Chelsea.

Those results secured the club a sixth-placed finish.

However, Arsenal’s victory over the Blues in the FA Cup final at the weekend means that they will enter the competition in the qualifying rounds, instead of progressing straight into the group stages.

Thus, if they are to win the competition, they will have to win 18 games, and one has to assume that greater squad depth is needed as a result.

Spurs have been linked with a number of players, and one has been the South Korea international Kim Min-Jae.

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A defender who currently plays for Beijing Guoan and with 30 caps for his country, he could potentially be a replacement for Jan Vertonghen in Jose Mourinho’s squad.

Vertonghen, of course, has left the club upon the expiration of his contract and that has left space for a potential defensive acquisition.

However, they may face competition for Kim.

Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness, reports that Spurs have “yet to finish the job” when it comes to snapping up the 23-year-old’s signature.

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As a result, Lazio have expressed an interest in the defender, per the report, and have opened talks with Beijing.

The club’s director of football, Igli Tare, is said to be in negotiations with the club and, as a result, Spurs may need to get a move on if they want to snap up Son Heung-Min’s international colleague.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Spurs need to find a replacement for Vertonghen.

He may have been phased out towards the end of his Spurs career but he still made 30 appearances in all competitions, even filling in at left-back at times.

Thus, replacing his influence and minutes has to be a priority.

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Spurs may have Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, and Davinson Sanchez as options but top clubs tend to have four options, and Juan Foyth has not been trusted by manager Jose Mourinho.

A move for Kim would make sense, then; he is valued at just £1.35 million by Transfermarkt and his contract expires at the end of next season.

It makes sense that Lazio are interested, too, and Spurs ought to make it a priority to beat the Serie A club to the punch.

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