Michael Brown insists that Tottenham is the “perfect fit” for promising defender Japhet Tanganga as he closes in on a new contract with the club.

The former Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the 21-year-old might get better money elsewhere but insists staying put is best for his development.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Lilywhites are in advanced talks with the versatile centre-back after he turned down their initial offer back in November.

He has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent months, going from playing with the under-23s to becoming a first-team regular for Jose Mourinho.

Brown believes that playing regular football among the senior side should be enough of a lure to tie him down, suggesting there are few other clubs where he would get the same opportunities.

Brown told Football Insider: “Young players coming through, you always try to get that fine line of continuing with your progress at a football club over money.

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“The rewards might be bigger somewhere else but where is the best place, where can you develop to play football and I think Spurs is the perfect fit for him.

“You can see there’s no one really nailed on in the defensive network so what I think is good there is he’s got a great chance of playing games at the moment and that would be the advice I would give him.

“Where can you play week in, week out or get as many games as you can as a young player? At this moment, you would say Spurs would be that kind of fit for him.” 

Tanganga has a total of 11 first-team appearances under his belt for Spurs, which includes starts in six of the last eight Premier League games.

He has been used all across the backline by Mourinho, his debut coming as a right-back against Liverpool.

In other Tottenham news, the club are set to sell a “very good player” who has slammed Mourinho, according to Alan Hutton.