Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Sheffield United defender Jack O’Connell as they consider replacements for Jan Vertonghen, according to a report from the Sunday People (19/1; page 49).
Vertonghen’s future continues to be a subject for debate. The Sunday People reports that he is out of contract at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer.
And it appears that Spurs are preparing for life without the Belgian.
The Sunday People (19/1; page 49) reports that Jose Mourinho’s men are keen on O’Connell, who has been superb since moving to Bramall Lane.
The 25-year-old has actually played for the Blades since their most recent stay in League One. But he has had no problem raising his game as Chris Wilder’s men move through the leagues.
And the Liverpool-born centre-back has started every game for United this season. Only the Reds and Leicester City boast a better defensive record, with the Blades conceding just 22 times in 23 fixtures.
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Vertonghen may not have been at his best for much of this season, but there is no question that replacing the defender will be tough for Mourinho.
O’Connell is perhaps not the marquee name that some Tottenham fans will probably hope for. But he could be a shrewd addition should he join at some stage in the future.
He has stepped up every time Sheffield United have progressed. And there is no doubt that Wilder’s defenders play some superb football at times.
It will be intriguing to see how O’Connell and some of his teammates get on once they are under more pressure as expectations rise.
Spurs, for one, may be looking on with plenty of interest as they consider life after Vertonghen.