EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Tottenham have suffered a significant transfer blow as target Joachim Anderson has agreed the terms of a contract with Lyon, Football Insider understands.
A source with knowledge of Spurs recruitment plans has told Football Insider the club have submitted an offer of nearly £20million for the Sampdoria centre-back this summer.
But the Londoners have learned that Andersen, 23, is now on the verge of joining French big hitters Lyon, who, ironically, sold Tanguy Ndombele to Spurs yesterday in a club-record £63million deal.
Lyon have trumped rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and AC Milan by outbidding them with an offer worth £27million including £4.5million of performance-relate add-ons.
Spurs’ hopes of recruiting the highly rated defender are now dead in the water and he is expected to finalise a move to Lyon later this week.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side had made a swoop for the Dane as they looked at centre-backs with the potential to eventually replace senior duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
The Londoners are now moving on to other targets on their shortlist amid a focus on signing an up-and-coming centre-back this summer who can develop under the guidance of Pochettino and his staff.
Capped by Denmark at Under-21 level, Andersen has made his name after joining Sampdoria from Dutch Eredivisie side FC Twente two years ago.
He established himself in the Italian club as a regular starter last season, making 32 league starts among 34 appearances in all competitions.
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