Paratici reportedly talking to 6ft 6in ace Shearer once called 'outstanding', Spurs fans should be buzzing - TBR View
Spurs finally have a new permanent manager at the helm as well as a managing director of football.
Now, Tottenham can finally focus on bolstering their ranks ahead of a crucial Premier League season.
Spurs began the 2020-21 campaign with high expectations but ended up falling seriously short.
One area that Tottenham need to bolster is their defence.
Last season, Spurs struggled at the back, and what’s more, Toby Alderweireld is reportedly looking to leave.
Could Jannik Vestergaard be the man to replace the Belgian at N17?
According to The Times, Tottenham director Fabio Paratici is in talks with the Southampton and Denmark centre-back.
This is great to hear, and Spurs fans should be buzzing over this report.
Spurs reportedly eyeing one of the Premier League’s best defenders
Vestergaard’s contract expires next summer, so he’s unlikely to cost the earth.
The Saints reportedly value him at “more than the £18m” they paid Borussia Monchengladbach in 2018.
Obviously this could mean anything, but realistically, with one year left on his contract, chances are it won’t be an eye-watering fee.
Vestergaard has done superbly to go from Southampton’s third-choice centre-back to one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
At 6ft 6in, Vestergaard is a dominant presence in the defence and regularly wins aerial duels.
The 28-year-old also likes to put his body on the line to thwart opposition attacks, and makes plenty of blocks.
Indeed, in his final campaign at Gladbach, Vestergaard blocked 39 shots in the Bundesliga – more than any other player during the 2017-18 season.
Vestergaard’s passing out from the back is also very impressive, often delivering superb long balls to Kyle Walker-Peters on the right.
“Another outstanding performance”
In December, Alan Shearer heaped praise on Vestergaard for his performance in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United.
He told the Premier League’s official website: “Another outstanding performance from the central defender.
“He was part of a Southampton defence who didn’t allow a single shot on target.”
As if his Southampton heroics weren’t enough, Vestergaard is shining at international level.
He has played the full 90 minutes in Denmark’s last three games at Euro 2020 and now stands just one match away from the final.
In a nutshell, Vestergaard is a top defender who could bolster Tottenham’s defence nicely and offer them a lot in terms of kickstarting attacks.
But Spurs need to move quick, given he’s in the biggest shop window there is at the moment.