By Alex McLeish

10th Jul, 2021 | 7:00pm

Ex-Manager: Vestergaard ready to sign for Tottenham after talks held

Jannik Vestergaard is a “big unit” capable of stepping into the Tottenham defence, according to Alex McLeish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Scotland and Birmingham City manager admitted he did worry about the defender’s lack of pace.

The Daily Mail reported on 5 July Spurs have held talks over a move for the Southampton star.

Tottenham are in desperate need of centre-back reinforcements this summer after their poor campaign last season.

It is claimed Vestergaard is an attractive option as he has just one year left to run on his Saints contract.

He moved to St. Mary’s in the summer of 2018 and has gone on to make 72 Premier League appearances that have yielded four goals.

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The Denmark international played a key role in his country’s run to the European Championships semi-final and played 105 minutes of their defeat to England at Wembley on Wednesday night.

“Vestergaard is 28, so he’s nearing the peak of his career,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“Not so sure about his pace, but he’s a big unit. He has evolved into his role at Southampton. At the beginning, he struggled a wee bit but he’s certainly become a fixture in that Southampton defence.

“Yes, I can see he could be capable of playing for a bigger club. But his pace would be the only question mark.”

Football Insider learned at the beginning of July that Nuno Espirito Santo had held discussions during talks with Tottenham that Conor Coady was his priority target.

They are braced for a bidding war with Everton for the England international.

In other news, Nuno has told Man United the two stars he wants in Harr Kane cash-plus-players Tottenham exchange.