Tottenham eye Champions League defender as Walker replacement - report
By Derek Smithson
Tottenham are eyeing a move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claim that Spurs are interested in the 24-year-old as a potential summer target.
It is understood that they view the Ivory Coast international as a potential replacement for Kyle Walker, who is being tracked by Premier League rivals Manchester City.
The report details that Man City have not been put off by a £60million asking fee for Walker and retain an interest.
The Mirror states that Aurier still has two years remaining on his contract with PSG and has been offered a new deal, but is “eager to explore his options abroad”.
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Aurier moved to the French capital in 2015 after a loan spell the season before and has been a popular figure in the starting line-up.
The right-back is renowned for his blistering pace and his defensive consistency, which has helped him win two Ligue 1 league titles.
He has racked up plenty of Champions League experience with PSG and also has an Africa Cup of Nations on his impressive CV.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs look set to lose Walker in the summer and will need to bring in an established full-back to keep up the balance of their squad. Kieran Trippier is good enough to become the club’s first-choice right-back, but Aurier would be able to provide brilliant competition. The north London club will be looking to have a long fixture list as they aim to compete both domestically and in Europe next season. Aurier would be able to help Spurs compete in the Champions League, a competition that they really struggled in last season. He also appears to have the athleticism to cope with the Premier League and could be a smart addition.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they have prioritised the signing of an Ajax defender.