By Alan Hutton

7th Jul, 2021 | 6:24am

Pundit expects powerhouse Vestergaard to replace Alderweireld after Tottenham talks update

Alan Hutton has suggested Tottenham could strike a bargain deal to sign Jannick Vestergaard from Southampton.

The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 28-year-old could end up replacing Toby Alderweireld.

The Times reported (July 5th) Spurs are in talks to sign the Denmark international, and this site has also learned that early negotiations have begun.

It is said the Saints value Vestergaard, who has made 72 Premier League appearances, at over £18million.

Hutton lauded the Southampton ace for both his versatility and his passing range.

He suggested the Denmark star could replace 32-year-old Alderweireld in north London.

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“I think he could go in there and do a job,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“He’s obviously got the experience of playing with Southampton in the Premier League, he’s a main player for them. He’s got a lovely diagonal ball.

“He can play in a three, he can play in a four so he’s flexible. We know Nuno likes to change between the two of them, the three at the back or the four.

“Going into the final year of his contract, you can probably pick him up for a decent fee, which would work in favour for the likes of Daniel Levy.

“For me, Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen were the best partnership for a couple of seasons.

They were outstanding but they were coming to the end. Alderweireld’s only got two years left on his contract, he could possibly look to move on.

“There’s room for new players to come in. Vestergaard, the power of him, wow, the strength, he doesn’t mind just defending.

He’s also got that kind of cultured pass so I think he’d fit into that team nicely.”

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