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21st Feb, 2017 | 12:33pm

Report: Pochettino targets 23-year-old defender, Tottenham must pay £15m

By Dominic Toner

Tottenham are interested in Hull defender Harry Maguire, according to a report.

The Daily Star claim that Spurs have entered the race for the 23-year-old who has been a standout performer for relegation-threatened Hull this season.

It is understood Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is monitoring the market for a new centre-back, with serious doubts surrounding the future of Kevin Wimmer, plus senior pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have both suffered injuries during the course of the season.

The report details that the north London club would face competition from Everton and Southampton for Maguire’s signature, with the Premier League duo already showing an interest in him.

The Daily Star report that Hull value their star defender at around £15million after impressing in the top-flight.

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Maguire has made 25 appearances this season for the Tigers and is trying to help them fight relegation.

The centre-back has impressed several people with his composure in possession and has demonstrated his willingness to burst forward in games.

He has also been imposing in aerial battles and is a real threat for Hull from set-pieces.

Football Insider verdict:

Spurs should certainly look to add another centre-back to their squad over the summer as they have found great success playing with a three-man defence. Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Eric Dier are the senior options, while Wimmer, Ben Davies and Cameron Carter-Vickers can fill in. Maguire could turn out to be a smart piece of business by Pochettino as he has proven himself in the Premier League this season. The 23-year-old still have lots of time to develop and a move to White Hart Lane would be a great next step in his career. He is technically very strong and would be able to fit into Spurs’ style. Maguire could join a strong English core of Spurs players and has the potential to become a top defender under the right guidance.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have sent scouts to watch a European goalscoring midfielder.

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