Paul Robinson has urged Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to sell star defender Jan Vertonghen this month as he closes in on the end of his contract.

The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says he is a firm believer in not letting players leave for nothing and insists the same applies to the Belgian centre-back.

Vertonghen is able to talk to foreign sides over agreeing a pre-contract deal this month which would see him move on a free transfer in the summer.

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen drives past Middlesbrough winger Patrick Roberts

However, with reports suggesting there has been no breakthrough in talks over a new deal in north London, Robinson has urged the top brass to cash in on his exit before the end of January.

“I’m a big believer in not letting players run down until the last three or four months of their contract,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“If there’s any way of getting some financial reward or remuneration for them in January, then I would do so, rather than letting him run down his contract. Anything is better than nothing.

“He’s able to sign a pre-agreement now with foreign clubs but that give the player the power and to be in that position is difficult.

“If I was in charge of the club or of contracts as such, I wouldn’t want a player of that kind of ilk going into the last three or four months and giving him the opportunity to leave for nothing.

“You could at least get something back for him.”

Vertonghen has played 18 times across all competitions for the Lilywhites this season, featuring in all but one of Jose Mourinho’s games in charge in the Premier League.

He has a total of 303 appearances under his belt for Spurs since joining from Ajax back in 2012, as well as 118 caps for Belgium.

In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills has urged one Spurs player to “take a step backwards” with talks underway over a January exit.