Tottenham Hotspur in transfer battle for Sime Vrsaljko

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Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus are both interested in versatile Croatian international defender Sime Vrsaljko, available for £3million, from Italian side Sassuolo.

22-year-old Vrsaljko only joined the Serie 'A' club from Genoa in the summer transfer window, but talkSPORT reports that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has sent scouts to watch the ex-Dinamo Zagreb defender and could be persuaded to make a bid.

The ten-cap international is nominally a right back, but can operate across the defence and even in midfield, and could replace Vlad Chiriches as Tottenham Hotspur's utility defender option if he leaves White Hart Lane.

DeAndre Yedlin is set to join next month, allowing Kyle Naughton to leave to the club, as Pochettino continues to overhaul the Spurs squad and stamp his authority on the side in north London.

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Juventus are looking for cover for the injured Kwadwo Asamoah and veteran Patrice Evra, and Vrsaljko's future could all depend on whether he wants to stay in Italy or move to England.

Risk free signing?

At such a low transfer fee a move would represent a risk-free signing for both teams, although Juve can offer a title challenge in Italy and also Champions League football ahead of the clash against Borussia Dortmund.

That isn't on the table at Tottenham Hotspur, but Pochettino's side are currently seventh and have a legitimate chance of finishing in the top four.

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