Tottenham should not be fretting over the expected summer exit of Toby Alderweireld for £26million, according to Noel Whelan.

The pundit and former Leeds United and Coventry City striker has been unconvinced by the centre-back’s performances this season and claims the club can use the money to beef up their squad.

Alderweireld has a £26million release fee in his Spurs contract that can be triggered by rival clubs during the forthcoming transfer window.

The Belgian has been locked in a stalemate with the north Londoners since talks over a long-term deal collapsed in January of last year.

“I think £26million for a defender who’s turned 30 and isn’t as good as he was, it’s a great deal for Spurs,” Whelan said. “He’s a good player but he’s replaceable, and Spurs already have Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth to replace him.

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“I’m not been convinced by Alderweireld this season. Some of his performances have been pretty average. Spurs should take the money happily. He hasn’t signed a new contract, doesn’t want to stay, he’s going to go, so take the money and use it to strengthen their team in other areas.”

Alderweireld has been linked with moves to a string of top clubs, including the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and even bitter rivals Arsenal.

He has been a mainstay of the Spurs side this season, making 41 appearances in all competitions, 40 of which have been starts.

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