By Harry Sykes
Tottenham hope to add Toby Alderweireld to their list of key players tied down to long-term contracts, according to a reliable journalist.
Skipper Hugo Lloris became the latest Spurs player to agree a new deal in the last few months when he put pen to paper on an agreement that was announced on Thursday afternoon.
The goalkeeper follows the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen in committing to a new contract.
One key senior man who has not yet been signed up to a fresh agreement in the last 12 months is star defender Alderweireld.
But Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur reported on his personal Twitter account that Alderweireld “might be the next one” and that “Spurs hope to extend his deal” in the new year.
Toby Alderweireld might be the next one. Spurs hope to extend his deal (that runs out in 2019) in 2017. #THFC
— Kristof Terreur ? (@HLNinEngeland) December 22, 2016
Alderweireld, 27, has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League since Spurs signed him from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.
He was a mainstay of the side that finished third in the top flight last season after forming a hugely impressive centre-back partnership with fellow Belgium international Jan Vertonghen.
Alderweireld has been equally effective in his second White Hart Lane campaign although he only recently returned to fitness after missing two months with a knee injury.
His current deal is due to expire in the summer of 2019.
In other Tottenham transfer news, fans have reacted after the club agreed the terms of a 21-year-old move in January.