Tottenham transfer news: Spurs could strike surprise deal with Leipzig as new target emerges | Soccer | sport

Tottenham ‘really like’ RB Leipzig star Mohamed Simakan after extensive scouting of the 22-year-old, who has emerged as a potential new defensive target for Spurs, according to reports. The Frenchman only joined the Bundesliga club from Strasbourg last summer after a £14.6million deal was agreed with the League side in March 2021.

But after an impressive first season in Germany, Tottenham are now starting to take notice of their star quality.

Antonio Conte is on the hunt for two new defenders with a priority left centre-back as he looks to complete his backline for the 2022/23 campaign.

Fabio Paratici has been working around the clock trying to land a new centre-back but so far to no avail.

Alessandro Bastoni has opted to stay with Inter Milan while Pau Torres and Josko Gvardiol are two names who have made little progress.

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According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Simakan is an outside name of firm interest. He said Wettfreunde: “Tottenham’s goals in central defense will depend on the price. I can tell you that one of the players they have been watching for a long time is Mohamed Simakan of RB Leipzig. Another player they like very much is Josko Gvardiol. These are two players who really like them, but it depends on the price.

“We know how difficult it is to negotiate with Leipzig. In terms of main goals: Pau Torres was close to a move to Tottenham a year ago. It could happen this summer, depending on negotiations with Giovani Lo Celso “But so far nothing concrete. We heard rumors about a possible Torres move a few days or weeks ago. But at the moment there’s nothing in sight.”

Romano added that Bastoni was still interesting, although the Italian underlined his commitment to Inter, he added: “Alessandro Bastoni was a top target, but he stays with Inter. Milan Skriniar would have the possibility of leave. Maybe to move to PSG, who are top at the moment. But Bastoni is a really complicated business.

“I’m sure Tottenham will have a central defender because Antonio Conte really wants one. At the moment, you have to watch the RB Leipzig strikers in particular. But they are not easy to negotiate.

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“I wouldn’t be surprised if Fabio Paratici (Tottenham sporting director) pulls a surprise out of the hat, because he’s washed out.”

There could be defensive starts in north London, with Joe Rodon attracting interest from Nottingham Forest.

Davinson Sanchez is also an interesting player for Monaco and the Colombian could be in line for a new challenge after losing his place alongside Conte.

Japhet Tanganga is also attracting interest from Italy while Spurs have already sold Cameron Carter-Vickers to Celtic.

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Paratici is also working on the arrival of an attacker to bolster Conte’s attacking options.

Raphinha is a high interest player while Everton’s Richarlison has also attracted admirers.

Tottenham are also in talks with Everton over the sale of Harry Winks, who could leave for Goodison Park in a £20m deal.

Spurs have already secured three signings down the line and more are set to follow with Djed Spence still top of the agenda.

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