Mauricio Pochettino has had an unusually quiet transfer window for Tottenham Hotspur, considering their generous spending in the past.
However the Argentine is keen to bolster up his midfield by signing Borussia Dortmund utility man Sven Bender, or so say reports.
According to the Daily Telegraph 26-year-old Bender is to be part of a Bundesliga raid for the Premier League club as Spurs also target Schalke rebel Sidney Sam and VfB Stuttgart forward Timo Werner.
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Bender is currently valued at around £9million and a fee of anything around £20m would be difficult to turn down for Dortmund. Pochettino has already scraped away dead wood this summer, having sold a number of midfield players, and will be keen to add more solidity in front of the back four.
An official bid is yet to be launched by the north London club and any deal that would be agreed would have to be a big offer, as the German international is very much an important team player for Dortmund.
No future at Dortmund?
However, with Dortmund's season getting underway in the Europa League last Thursday, Bender found himself on the bench under new manager Thomas Tuchel, providing an indication that the ball-winning midfielder may not be part of the new man's plans.
Bender has been capped by Germany seven times and has been highly regarded as one of the most versatile players in the Bundesliga. His twin brother, Lars, who plays for league rivals Bayern Leverkusen has also received attention from the Premier League.
Having being capped almost 20 times by his country, the other Bender is frequently associated with Spurs' north London rivals, Arsenal.
The two are rumoured to be interested in a move to the Premier League if the offer is right and a familiar face in north London may be enough of a reason for both brothers to consider.
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