Tottenham have joined the growing number of clubs interested in signing Chelsea defender Levi Colwill.
Colwill will return to Chelsea this summer after a successful loan spell at Brighton last season, with the centre-back seeking assurances from Mauricio Pochettino over his place in the new manager’s plans.
Chelsea are insistent that Colwill is not for sale and have offered the 20-year-old a long-term deal, but the academy graduate wants clarity on his status before committing to a new contract.
Brighton have seen two bids to sign Colwill on a permanent basis – the latter a £40m club-record bid – turned down, while Liverpool are also said to be monitoring his situation.
The Evening Standard are reporting that Tottenham have now joined the race as Ange Postecoglou looks to sign a left-sided centre-back. Spurs have held talks with Wolfsburg’s Micky van de Ven over a move to north London, but there are fears that Liverpool could ‘hijack’ that deal.
Colwill will fly out to join the Chelsea squad on their pre-season tour of the USA on Monday, after being granted an extended break following his role in England u21’s success at this summer’s European Championship.
Spurs will be monitoring his situation having been placed Colwill on the club’s shortlist of centre-back candidates, while the north Londoners are also admirers of Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba.