Noel Whelan has claimed Tottenham are in danger of losing Japhet Tanganga this summer unless they can guarantee him first-team football.
The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 20-year-old will likely have offers from clubs as his contract nears its end.
As revealed by Football Insider today, Daniel Levy is in advanced talks with the versatile defender over a new deal with the club confident an agreement is close.
Tanganga rebuffed an initial offer from Spurs back in November whilst still a member of the under-23 squad.
When asked for his reaction to the news the young defender if close to signing a new deal, Whelan told Football Insider: “I would expect him to sign a new contract, I would be surprised if he does not.
“A good player. He is young and still has a lot to learn but I would be very surprised if they did not offer him an extension. However, the player needs to want that as well.
“He might have offers from other places and his agent might be working hard behind the scenes.
“A contract with another club might guarantee him regular football. How often will he play for Tottenham? No matter how much of a good player he is, is he a first-team player for Jose next season or are they going to want bigger and better?
“He will not want to be on the bench or player under-23s when hee can be a star player at another club.”
Tanganga has made 13 appearances under Jose Mourinho this season, making his full debut in January’s loss to Liverpool.
Were the England under-20 international to leave on a free this summer – the Lilywhites would be entitled to compensation under Article 20 of FIFA‘s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
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