Manchester United & Tottenham Hotspur losing £15m African defender fight

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Manchester United & Tottenham Hotspur are set to miss out on defender Mehdi Benatia.

The 25-year-old Moroccan international has been watched by the Premier League duo on a number of occasions over the past 12 months, according to talkSPORT, with scouts from both clubs continuing to monitor his progress at Udinese.

However, the radio station claims Juventus have moved ahead of both Spurs and the Red Devils, with the Serie ‘A’ giants opening talks with the Zebrette over a potential January move.

Benatia won’t be allowed to leave the Stadio Friuli on the cheap however, with a minimum £15 million fee ‘demanded’ when the transfer window reopens in January.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has been linked with a number of defenders in recent weeks, with Toby Alderweireld and Ryan Shawcross two players to be linked with moves to White Hart Lane.

Spurs are attempting to juggle a domestic campaign alongside a challenge for Champions League places in the Premier League, and will need to add depth in the defensive position.

Manchester United also have a European campaign to contend with this season, and after a number of injuries derailed the clubs efforts last season, Sir Alex Ferguson has also been linked with a number of players in the position.

Ryan Shawcross has also been mentioned alongside the Old Trafford outfit, as well as Vegard Forren, but it appears Benatia will not be joining the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand any time soon.

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