By Russell Edge
Tottenham are eyeing up a swoop for Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to a report.
Italian football news website Tuttomercatoweb claim that Spurs and Premier League rivals Liverpool are hoping to snatch up the 24-year-old if his loan side Valencia choose not to activate a £22million (€25million) clause in his contract agreement.
The five-time-capped French international joined the Spanish side on a season long loan over the summer, having fallen out of favour at Inter.
The defensive midfielder has been introduced straight into the first team at Valencia this season, having made five appearances, all of which have come in the starting XI, as well as scoring a goal.
Contracted at Inter Milan until 2021, the report claims Valencia will look to offer him a four year deal to remain at the club on a permanent basis.
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The French enforcer appears to be the sort of player both Tottenham and Liverpool have been lacking this season, although it would seem their chances of securing him are slim. Spurs have had an injury crisis in midfield, with Moussa Sissoko, branded a flop last season, featuring as a key player in the absence of Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama. Liverpool meanwhile could really use with some physical power in the centre of the park to help protect their vulnerable back line, and Kondogbia would offer just that. He has made a positive start at Valencia though, and with a clause already in place, the English sides will be hoping that something goes wrong for them to swoop in and snap him up.
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