By Derek Smithson
Tottenham have opened negotiations for Fiorentina midfielder Matias Vecino, according to a report.
Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claim that Spurs have made contact with the agent of the 25-year-old and held talks about a potential deal for the Uruguay international.
It is understood that Mauricio Pochetino’s side are beginning to look for a replacement to Eric Dier, who is being monitored by Manchester United.
The Telegraph have reported that United boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign the 23-year-old and may have to splash out £50million to secure his services.
Vecino is viewed as a potential replacement and he impressed last season in Serie A.
The central midfielder made 40 appearances across all competitions for Italian side Fiorentina, scoring four goals and supplying four assists in return.
He is most recognised for being a combative player in the centre of the park and is also extremely confident in possession.
Vecino has also cemented his position in the starting line-up for his nation and has 13 international caps so far for Uruguay.
Football Insider verdict:
Vecino is an unknown quality to the English league after playing his club football in Italy and Uruguay, but certainly looks to be an accomplished player. The 25-year-old has nailed down a spot in his nation’s starting XI and is a versatile midfielder that can offer support both offensively and defensively. He proved his qualities last season at Fiorentina in the Italian top flight and also has Europa League experience under his belt, including playing twice against Spurs in the 2015/16 season. Pochettino may need to bolster his midfield options in the summer, regardless of whether England international Dier leaves. They have Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks and Dier as senior options in the centre of the park, but may need a stronger squad to compete in both European and domestic competitions.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Tim Sherwood has urged the club to sign a 16-goal Premier League striker.