Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho

A January signing is on the cards at Tottenham following the shattering Toby Alderweireld setback.

That is according to Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Dylan Childs about the injury blow suffered by the key defender.

Jose Mourinho confirmed on Wednesday that the centre-back faces up to four weeks on the sidelines with a groin injury sustained in last weekend’s memorable 2-0 win against Man City.

The Belgium international has started Tottenham’s last five Premier League games is now out of a series of key matches starting with Sunday’s clash against Chelsea.

Phillips claims splitting up the partnership between Alderweireld and Dier will be a huge setback for Jose Mourinho.

“Alderweireld and Dier have started looking like a solid partnership, they have built a rapport,” he told Football Insider.

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“That is what Championship winning teams are built on, partnerships all over the pitch. It is especially important at the heart of the defence.

“Generally title-winning teams have a partnership in there that have done well. Look at Liverpool last season with Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, they were unplayable at times.

“It’s a big blow for Tottenham because they have been playing some unbelievable football, and Alderweireld has been key to that.

“At least January is only just round the corner so if his injury is worse than first feared they can dip into the market and address that area.”

In other news, it can be revealed there is a special clause in Harry Kane’s Tottenham contract.