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Kounde and Andersen on Spurs radar as Alderweireld wants to leave

Tottenham are interested in Jules Kounde and Joachim Andersen with Toby Alderweireld having expressed a desire to leave the club this summer.

The north London side are preparing to overhaul their squad this summer following the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo as manager, with Alderweireld having reportedly expressed a desire to leave as Spurs plan a rebuild under the new manager.

 

The 32-year-old is currently with the Belgium squad at Euro 2020 and Spurs are unlikely to stand in the centre-back’s way should a suitable offer arrive during the transfer window.

Alderweireld has been with Spurs since 2015 and has been a key figure in their recent success, though is now ready for a new challenge and has been linked with returns to former clubs Ajax and Royal Antwerp.

The Athletic are reporting that Spurs have identified Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and Lyon’s Joachim Andersen as potential defensive targets, the latter having spent last season on loan in the Premier League with Fulham.

Andersen is believed to be keen on remaining in the Premier League following the conclusion of Denmark’s Euro 2020 campaign, having impressed last season despite the Cottagers relegation to the Championship.

Kounde has been linked with a whole host of leading clubs and was subject of interest from Manchester City last summer, with Sevilla understood to want around €60m for the emerging France international.

Strengthening the backline is a priority for Spurs with only West Ham having conceded more goals amongst the top seven last season, newly-appointed sporting director, Fabio Paratici, having already made an approach for Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu, who can play either centrally or at full-back.

Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar also remains a long-term target for the north London side, whilst the Italian champions could be open to offers as the club seek to raise funds in a bid to combat debts incurred as a result of the pandemic.

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