Eliaquim Mangala is the most expensive defender in Premier League history

By Harvey Byrne

Tottenham are considering a move for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to a report.

ESPN have claimed that the north London club will deliberate whether to make a move for the 25-year-old centre-back before next Wednesday’s transfer deadline.

It is believed that if Tottenham can agree a deal for the France international, they will listen to offers for Kevin Wimmer, who signed a new contract just last month.

The report says that the France international has been a disappointment since joining City from Porto for £32million in the summer of 2014, but that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is a fan.

He has played in 64 encounters during his two-year stay for the club, but he is now believed to be surplus to requirements after being left out of Pep Guardiola’s first four matches in charge.

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The cash-rich club have also brought in John Stones for a mega £47.5million fee this summer, pushing Mangala further down the pecking order.

The report states that it is unsure whether the deal would be a permanent or loan move, and that Manchester City may not agree to a deal with their Premier League rivals, with Mangala also linked in a loan move to Napoli.

The eight-time capped France international centre-back still has three-years left on his contract and if he does move to White Hart Lane it looks doubtful that he will jump straight into the first team with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen occupying the starting spots.

In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs are preparing a second offer for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha after having an initial £12million bid rejected.