By Danny Wright
Liverpool have joined Tottenham in their pursuit of Hoffenheim right-back Jeremy Toljan, according to a report.
Broadcaster Sky Sports claims on their website that Chelsea are also “keen” on the 22-year-old, who is seen by Spurs as a potential replacement for Kyle Walker.
Portugese newspaper Record Sport recently reported that Tottenham were close to completing the signing of the Bundesliga defender after beating Benfica to his signature.
However Toljan’s agent Ersin Akan has claimed that there has been no contact from the north London club as of yet.
“It is always a pleasure to read big clubs like Tottenham are interested in Jeremy,” Akan said to Sky Sports, as quoted on their website.
“Spurs are a fantastic club with an excellent progression in the last years, but we didn’t speak to the responsible persons and, for the moment, everything is a rumour.”
Toljan was in hot form for the Germany Under-21 side reigned supreme at the recent European Championships in Poland.
It is understood that the right-back’s displays at the youth tournament has seen him attract a host of attention from some of the Premier League’s heavyweights.
The former Stuttgart ace, who can play on both the left and right sides of defence, featured 21 times for Hoffenheim across all competitions last season, scoring one goal which came in the 4-0 thrashing of Koln in December.
Toljan is equally as good playing on either flank and is also able to feature in a more advanced wing role.
Football Insider Verdict
Liverpool have already brought in Andy Robertson this summer so it’s likely that their pursuit of Toljan is to provide back-up to the Scotsman. Alberto Moreno could leave Anfield this summer while the right-back area is well-stocked with Nathaniel Clyne and wonderkid Trent Alexander-Armstrong waiting in the wings. Spurs on the other hand do need a new right-back following Walker’s exit. Kierian Trippier is more than good enough to be the main man next season, but youngster Kyle Walker-Peters is perhaps too inexperienced to get the nod to feature as the ex-Burnley ace’s understudy. The fact that he can play on both sides of the pitch is a massive plus point for a Tottenham team that is crying out for some strength in depth.