By Noel Whelan

15th Nov, 2021 | 6:00pm

De Vrij can be a Tottenham 'legend' after source reveals January transfer latest - pundit

Stefan de Vrij could partner with Cristian Romero at Tottenham and become “club legends” like Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 29-year-old Spurs target could forge a “formidable” partnership with the Argentinian.

This site exclusively revealed today (November 15th) that Inter Milan star De Vrij has told friends he is interested in joining Tottenham in January.

A source with knowledge of the defender’s situation has told Football Insider that he is aware of interest from Spurs and is keen to hear what they have to say.

New Tottenham manager Antonio Conte managed the Netherlands international at Inter Milan. The pair won the Serie A title together last season.

De Vrij made 32 league appearances during the triumph.

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Whelan insisted the 29-year-old could pair with summer signing Romero to forge a “rugged” partnership.

“De Vrij and Christian Romero could become Spurs legends like Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Alderweireld and Vertonghen are two legends of the club; they were solid at the back. They were a formidable partnership, and that’s what you need.

“When you think about these famous partnerships throughout the years, Man United had Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister, Arsenal had Tony Adams and Martin Keown. They stick in the mind because they were solid, good defenders.

“And that’s what Spurs need to find. They need that partnership to be rugged at the back, bordering on horrible.

“De Vrij has showed he is a worldbeater playing at a very high level.

Vertonghen and Alderweireld starred for Tottenham under ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The pair were stalwarts as the club had close brushes with Premier League and Champions League triumph.

In other news, pundit predicts ‘first signing through the door’ for Conte in January.