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Report: Tottenham 'almost certain' to complete Joachim Andersen signing, talks ongoing for Lyon defender

Danish newspaper BT have claimed that Lyon defender Joachim Andersen is ‘almost certain’ to remain in London after a loan spell at Fulham. That is because the centre-back’s club are in talks with Tottenham, who are likely to complete a transfer for Andersen despite interest from other London clubs.

Andersen, 25, has been a rare shining light in what was a disappointing season for Fulham. Joining the club on Lyon, he was so impressive that Scott Parker handed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s Denmark teammate the captain’s armband. Tottenham want him signed.

The report claims that numerous London clubs are interested in Andersen – but that Spurs are in talks with Lyon. It is now ‘almost certain’ that the defender will remain in London, as talks continue over a £19million deal progress. Spurs desperately need a defender or two this summer.

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Is Andersen the perfect defensive transfer at Tottenham?

Well, he is certainly a massive improvement on Tottenham’s current options. Any time Davinson Sanchez starts, Tottenham might as well start with a 1-0 or a 2-0 deficit. Eric Dier has been inconsistent and Toby Alderweireld has certainly past his peak – and then some.

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Andersen gives Tottenham a ball-playing defender that is strong in the air. Perhaps not the most mobile, he is one half of a near-perfect centre-back partnership. Spurs need Andersen, and then a nasty, gritty defender alongside him. With Antonio Conte arriving, Milan Skriniar – perhaps?

What could help Spurs is that Andersen is represented by ICM Stellar Sports, the same agency that look after Gareth Bale and Ben Davies – according to TransferMarkt. Spurs have been linked for some time with Andersen, with last month reports claiming they were on pole.

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