Spurs eyeing move for defensive battering ram


Tottenham's start in the Premier League following the resumption of football hasn't been overly convincing.

Containing a half-fit Harry Kane, the Lilywhites drew with Manchester United and then overcame West Ham 2-0.

The latter involved few dramas as they continued their pursuit of Champions League football.

Under Jose Mourinho, Daniel Levy perhaps hasn't found the success he was looking for.

Three clean sheets tell a sorry tale of Spurs in 2020 so far. However, there is plenty of time to make up for it.

Levy hasn't always provided Tottenham with the funds to launch a huge spending spree and only time will tell whether Mourinho gets much cash this summer.

If he does, the Portuguese could improve Spurs significantly. Though, one of their most recent targets doesn't look as though he'll set the north Londoners back very much.


German publication BILD reported this week that Spurs were interested in landing colossal defender Robin Koch.

Currently at Freiburg, Leipzig tried to sign him for just €15m (£13.5m) before the deal collapsed late on.

It's now thought a similar price or lower could be enough to prise him away, and Tottenham are right at the centre of the chase.


BILD suggest the London side were interested in him last year and are still keeping an eye on his progress.

The report claims Koch could well be a replacement for Juan Foyth, someone linked with a move to Leeds.

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Spurs have struggled defensively this season, keeping just their third clean sheet of the calendar year when they beat West Ham earlier this week.

With that in mind, they clearly need defensive reinforcements.

Their bid to do that was dented when Thomas Meunier joined Borussia Dortmund, but the thought of landing Koch should fill them with joy.

It's too soon to suggest he could be the answer to their problems but there's a reason he's been described as a "battering ram" by the Bundesliga's official website.

Standing at 6 foot 3, he knows how to get stuck into a tackle and win a header. He's won a major 3.7 aerial duels per game this season while making 1.1 tackles per match on top of that.

Though, he isn't always just a physical presence, In fact, he can be elegant at the same time, possessing qualities that resemble Spaniard Javi Martinez.

Koch can pick a pass, registering a success rate of 83.6% in Germany's top-flight this season, so on that evidence, he's very nearly the whole package.

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