By Russell Edge

24th Feb, 2018 | 7:41am

Report: Top flight giants ready swoop for Tottenham powerhouse despite £61m spend

Manchester United are ready to table a bid for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld in the summer if Spurs decide to sell him as a result of his contract negotiations, according to a report.
The Manchester Evening News claim on their website that the Red Devils have been keeping a close eye on the development in talks over a new deal for the Belgian powerhouse, and will be putting an offer forward if there is no resolution between the player and the north London side.
Alderweireld’s current contract expires next summer, though there is reportedly an extension agreement which will see it extended until 2020 but with a £25million release clause included.
It is said that United boss Jose Mourinho has made a central midfield player his priority in the summer but will also be looking to bolster the heart of his back line, despite having spent a reported total of around £61million for centre backs Eric Bailly (£30million) and Victor Lindelof (initial £30.9million) in the last two summer windows.
Football Insider verdict
Alderweireld is going to have a whole host of suitors on his tail if Spurs cannot thrash out a new contract deal, and the only shining light for Spurs is that it could well trigger a bidding war for his signing. His departure would be a big blow, but it would be an even more damaging if they did end up selling to a Premier League rival. Selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City only widened the gap between the two sides, and with a top four place at stake, Mauricio Pochettino would not want to make the same mistake twice. If they can convince a European side to splash the cash on his services, then that would definitely the preferred option in terms of his potential exit.
In other Tottenham news, it has been confirmed a number of stars will have to undergo tests ahead of the clash against Crystal Palace.

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