Huge update on Spurs' pursuit of defender

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Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed an excellent summer transfer window.

They brought in a number of superb additions as they looked to build Jose Mourinho’s squad into one that can challenge on multiple fronts.

Spurs are currently fighting in the Premier League, the EFL Cup, the Europa League and will enter the FA Cup at the turn of the year.

They made a total of six signings: Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Carlos Vinicius, Joe Hart and, of course, Gareth Bale.

But there was the caveat that they did not manage to buy a centre-back.

Jan Vertonghen, of course, left on a free transfer upon the expiration of his contract and that leaves a gap in the squad in defence.

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There was a long-winded pursuit of Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar but he did not end up moving to the north London club despite a period of lengthy negotiations.

Nevertheless, Fabrizio Romano, the transfer guru, believes that the club could follow up their interest in the January transfer window.

Speaking on his podcast, quoted by HITC, he claims that Inter are braced for another bid at the turn of the year.

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He said: “Inter expect Tottenham to come back for Milan Skriniar, but his €60m [£55m] value is non-negotiable according to Inter Milan.”

Spurs have also been linked with a swoop for Swansea City defender Joe Rodon, so that deal could well be something of a sticking plaster if he does arrive before the January window.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

One has to feel that this is a case of simply paying up.

Spending £55m on a defender is not exactly a simple bit of business but Skriniar would massively improve the club’s starting XI.

And Daniel Levy has shown a willingness to splash the cash under Mourinho.

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Bringing Bale back and splashing the cash on Reguilon, Hojbjerg, and Doherty to fill gaps in the squad shows that he has a willingness to break the bank.

When it comes to Skriniar, he needs to repeat the trick.

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