By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham will reach an agreement with star defender Toby Alderweireld in January, according to a report.
The Mirror has claimed that the north London outfit will hand their next contract extension to the 27-year-old centre-back.
It is stated that the deal is expected to be concluded by the end of the next month with chairman Daniel Levy planning to keep Alderweireld for the next five years.
Spurs have been keen to sign up a number of their star players to new long-term deals and in the last month Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Jan Vertonghen and Harry Kane have all agreed new terms.
It is reported that Alderweireld will be the next player to join the list of names, while there were claims in November that the star defender had a £25million release clause in his contract.
The price tag would just be a fraction of would Tottenham would like to receive for Alderweireld if they were to sell him and it is unlikely that his future deals will include a release clause.
The defender made the move to White Hart Lane from La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2015 after starring at Premier League side Southampton in the 2014-15 campaign.
He has since played in 62 fixtures for the club in total, helping the side earn qualification for the Champions League and his star displays have seen Spurs want to secure the man who still has four years on his current deal.
Football Insider verdict:
Alderweireld is without a doubt the best defender in England. A reliable defence is very hard to come by, which Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City have experienced over recent years, meaning that Alderweireld is more vital to Spurs than his displays would suggest. It is unlikely that Tottenham would be able to attract a player of similar ability to the Belgium international if he was to leave the club and therefore it is vital that they secure him to a new deal. However, Alderweireld may insist on a get out clause if Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League, so it is also crucial that Mauricio Pochettino makes some more quality acquisitions in the winter to help the club push on from their current fifth placing.
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