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11th Mar, 2017 | 2:48pm

BBC Pundit: Tottenham must agree defender deal before rivals pounce

By Dominic Toner

Matt Upson believes that Tottenham will be keen to secure the long-term future of Toby Alderweireld before their Premier League rivals become interested in him.

The 28-year-old is currently set to stay at White Hart Lane until 2020, but has not been one of the senior players to sign a new improved deal this season.

Mauricio Pochettino has been keen to keep his squad together and 10 players have agreed contracts this season.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Christian Eriksen, Ben Davies and Kevin Wimmer have also pledged their futures to the north London club.

BBC pundit Upson feels that Alderweireld is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and that rivals will be interested in a player of his quality.

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“In the Premier League at the moment he is hands down one of the best and I think Tottenham will be very very keen to tie him up,” Upson said, as cited by BBC Sport’s official Twitter account. “You look at other clubs, Manchester United, Manchester City are desperate for a top centre half and he fits the bill.”

Alderweireld has developed into one of the most consistent performers at Spurs recently and has become a fan favourite.

The Belgium international moved to the club in 2015 from Atletico Madrid and had already experienced English football during a loan spell with Southampton.

He has managed to build a strong partnership alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen at centre-back and the pair are regarded as one of the best defensive partnerships in the Premier League.

In other Tottenham transfer news, they have lined up alternatives if they sell Erik Lamela.

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