Spurs target £13.5m-rated international defender

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Tottenham Hotspur will make signing a defender a top priority this summer.

Jan Vertonghen looks set to end his lengthy stay in North London with speculation suggesting that he's in talks with Roma over a summer move.

While the defender has agreed to extend his stay to the end of the season, his future beyond that is very much in doubt.

That means that for Spurs, they are likely to be looking for a suitable replacement.

That man could be Kim Min-Jae.

The South Korean defender currently plays for Beijing Sinobo Guoan but has been heavily linked with a move away.

According to The Telegraph, the 23-year-old is said to be available after making critical comments about his teammates and coach during a match broadcast.

Spurs are said to be keen on a move with the central defender expected to cost just £13.5million.

Min-Jae carries the nickname of 'the monster' because of his 6ft 3in height and muscular frame.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

The writing certainly appears to be on the wall regarding Jan Vertonghen's future.

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The defender has undoubtedly been a superb servant for Tottenham Hotspur after spending eight years with the club.

But with his contract coming to an end it seems like the time to move on.

Realistically, this will be the Belgian international's last opportunity to earn a big contract in his playing career, and that will surely be factored into his decision.

After eight years it's also understandable to want a new challenge, and that's something he'd certainly get with Roma.

A deal is far from complete, but it certainly seems like a move that could be finalised sooner rather than later.

Given the financial restraints that clubs are under due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a cut-price move for a player such as Kim Min-Jae could be just the ticket for Tottenham Hotspur.

Funds are at a premium and so clubs will need to be tightening the purse strings.

That means that big-money signings are unlikely, and that clubs will need to look off the beaten track for stars who could provide bargain solutions.

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