Tottenham have allowed 21-year-old Steven Caulker to join newly-promoted Cardiff City for £9 million, which leaves them light in the central defensive area.
With only three recognised centre-backs in Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul, Tottenham will look for reinforcements before the start of Premier League.
Not only are Spurs light on options, but two of their defenders are fitness concerns. Kaboul being a long term absentee and Vertonghen is facing a battle to be fit for the new season, after picking up an ankle injury during the controversial pitch that hosted the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.
Belgian international Toby Alderweireld has been linked with a move to Tottenham in the past, as he has impressed for Ajax and for Belgium over the years with three Dutch League titles and 24 international caps.
Alderweireld is a ball playing defender, with good pace who reads the game very well, similar to his former Ajax team mate and international colleague Vertonghen.
He understands Vertoghen having played so many games together in the past can only work as a plus for Spurs. With Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli completing the Belgian contingent at White Hart Lane, Alderweireld should have no problems settling in at north London.
The 24-year-old earlier this summer turned down a move to fellow Premier League side Norwich after they agreed a fee with Ajax. Perhaps promising defender was awaiting for bigger clubs to come calling and he may get his move for a Spurs side pushing for the Champions League.
Alderweireld has all the characteristics to be a success at Tottenham and is more than capable of following in his compatriot Vertoghan's footsteps in becoming a potentially key play for Tottenham.
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