Milan Skriniar could be the “final piece of the jigsaw” for Tottenham if they can find the right man to partner him at the back, according to Kevin Phillips.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England striker believes Spurs need to desperately address their problems at centre-back.

Football Insider revealed that Tottenham have told Inter Milan that they will need to drop their £55million valuation of Skriniar if a deal is to happen.

Technical director Steve Hitchen was in Milan on Wednesday as he works on different types of deals to entice Inter to sell as Spurs believe a deal below the £40million mark can be agreed.

Boss Jose Mourinho has used various combinations of Davison Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier at centre-back so far this season.

And Phillips has been left unimpressed with their performances this campaign.

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He told Football Insider“It’s definitely an area that they need strengthening. Skriniar would be massive signing.

“I watched them against Southampton and defensively in the first half, they were all over the place. Southampton tore them apart.

“The pairing of Dier and Sanchez I just don’t see them as the long-term partnership, obviously Alderwield was on the bench. It’s certainly an area that needs addressing.

“They’ve brought in Reguilon at left-back so the left-back area has sorted itself out. So another centre-half, whether it’s the final piece of the jigsaw depends on who they can find to play alongside him.

“With Bale coming in, wow, it’s exciting times if I’m a Tottenham supporter.”

Skriniar, 25, joined Inter from Sampdoria three years ago and has played 128 times in all competitions for the club.

Last season he featured in 42 games for the Italian giants but remained on the bench for the Europa League semi-final and final.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has touted a Premier League loan move for a Spurs left-footer after Mourinho U-turn.