Spurs set sights on former City skipper - reports

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Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a summer move for defender Sylvain Distin.

The Daily Mail claims Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has lined-up the centre back as a replacement for Sebastien Bassong, with the Cameroonian international admitting his time at White Hart Lane has not gone as he'd planned.

"I haven't made some huge mistake on the pitch or anything. It's just happened. I feel that I have gone backwards, like I have gone from heaven to hell," said the defender, who signed for Spurs for £8 million in 2009.

"I have to try to find a way out because I have to try to play."

Distin has been a Barclays Premier League stalwart for a decade, with successful spells at Newcastle, Manchester City, Portsmouth and currently Everton on the 33-year-old's CV.


The Toffees brought the player to Goodison Park for £5 million in the summer of 2009, but Redknapp has history with the player after bringing him to Fratton Park in 2007 during his time as Pompey boss.

Tottenham Hotspur were believed to be considering their defensive options before Bassong's statement, with fitness concerns over two of the club's centre backs.

Injury problems have plagued Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate during their time in north London, and whilst King made a successful return from a seven month injury at the weekend the Spurs boss is still keen to strengthen in the area, with Distin one of his options.

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