Tottenham are ready to splash out £25million to sign Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand as they eye up a replacement for Danny Rose this summer, according to a report.
The Sun claim on their website that the Lilywhites are ready to make a massive profit on their current star, having slapped a £50million price tag on his head this summer, and that they are looking at the Saints’ flyer as a half-price successor.
The 28-year-old is said to be the centre of a handful of Premier League sides’ transfer hunt, with Manchester United, Newcastle United and Everton all joining Spurs in seeking his signing, the player himself keen to move despite having put pen to paper on an £80,000-a-week contract tying him to the south coast club until 2021.
He has made 33 appearances this season, managing to chip in with just three assists as Southampton find themselves stuck in a relegation fight.
Football Insider verdict
Could Spurs replace one England left back with another? Well, if Rose is to go, there are certainly worse options than Bertrand, but some might suggest he is a step down from the current Tottenham star. The Southampton man is an established performer in England’s top flight but he has gone off the boil in recent years, and there is a reason he only has a £25million price tag slapped on his head now. It is a more than reasonable price and one which would leave Spurs with a healthy profit if the swap did go ahead, but if they really want to push for Europe they should be looking for better options.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club must splash out £7million to snap up the ‘next Christian Eriksen’.