By David Woods

15th Jan, 2017 | 7:38am

Premier League rivals eye swoop for Tottenham international defender - report

By Harry Sykes

Spurs stand-in defender Ben Davies is a £20million target for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, according to a report.

The Sun claim that Guardiola is after a versatile defender who can play at left-back or in the centre after missing out on Bayern Munich’s Holger Badstuber, and he believes that Davies fits the bill.

Davies is the understudy to Danny Rose at White Hart Lane, and despite being a more than capable deputy when called upon, will definitely struggle for first-team football in the Premier League.

He has made 13 appearances in all competitions for Spurs this season, with seven in the Premier League.

He hasn’t started a Premier League game since October when they drew 1-1 with West Brom, but was introduced in the 64th minute in the 4-0 win against the same team on Saturday after Jan Vertonghen was injured.

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And it’s the Vertonghen injury that could scupper any possibility of a deal with Man City as Davies will be seen to be vital to Spurs’ title hopes.

It is still to be confirmed how long Vertonghen is out for, but Sky Sports reported that manager Mauricio Pochettino said “it looks very bad” after the game with West Brom.

The Sun reports that Guardiola is after Davies as a squad option, as he needs cover for the injury-prone Vincent Kompany.

They also say that Davies has made it onto Chelsea’s radar after a successful summer for Wales at Euro 2016. He’s been capped 28 times for his country in total.

Football Insider verdict

That Ben Davies has made it onto the radar of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City is entirely believable. What is not plausible is the notion that Mauricio Pochettino would even consider selling Ben Davies to their rivals, even without the injury to Jan Vertonghen. As it is, it would be madness for them to sell their strongest back-up defender at a time when the possibility of injuries are high and Tottenham’s squad depth isn’t great. However, 23-year-old Davies will be looking at Danny Rose, currently the best left-back in the country and possibly Europe, and wondering whether his time will ever come at White Hart Lane. Davies would walk into most Premier League teams and may have to consider leaving at some point to get regular first-team football and reach his own potential. That time is not now, however, with Spurs making a real push for the Premier League title. 

In other Tottenham transfer news, manager Pochettino said that this partnership was key in the game against West Brom.

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