It’s been a quiet summer so far for the Tottenham faithful. Kyle Walker, 28, left for a record £54m fee was the club’s only notable contribution to the transfer madness which has seen spending reach unsustainable levels according to club chairman Daniel Levy.T
That could all be about to change as the club looks to bring in a replacement defender for the England international. Despite ongoing talks with FC Porto about Ricardo Pereira, 23, Spurs are looking to alternative solutions as agreement with the Portuguese club proves elusive.
One target is Jeremy Toljan, 22, of Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The youngster made his debut against Mainz in 2013 and his since gone on to make more than 50 appearances for Die Kraichgauer, as well as winning a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics and being a member of Germany’s victorious squad at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships.
According to the Daily Mail, Toljan has one year remaining on his contract and will cost considerably less than the £20m Porto are demanding for Pereira.
Hoffenheim seem resigned to losing their talented right-back. Sporting director Alex Rosen observed to German media outlet Bild that “’If Tottenham comes and offers to triple your salary, then you can’t say too many negative things: London is an unattractive city or Tottenham a bad club. This is all very positive – and then young people think about it.”
A pity Rosen doesn’t know White Hart Lane is slap bang in the middle of Haringey, one of London’s less salubrious areas. He might not be so downbeat!