Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly stepped up their interest in Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard, according to The Express.
The outlet claims that Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has prioritised the centre of his defence as the area he believes has to be strengthened this summer.
Tottenham have had an inconsistent season, with outstanding displays offset by some poor performances, and the back line has been particularly shaky for much of the campaign.
Mourinho criticised his defence following their 2-2 draw with Newcastle last time out, saying “we created some instability with so many individual defensive mistakes that we made”.
And The Express claims that an approach for Vestergaard has been fast-tracked in wake of last Sunday’s result on Tyneside.
The 6ft 6in colossus has made 70 competitive appearances for Southampton since his £22.5million move from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2018.
In his final campaign at Gladbach, Vestergaard blocked 39 shots in the Bundesliga – more than any other player during the 2017-18 season.
And since joining the Saints, the Denmark international has regularly registered some impressive statistics, as per Whoscored.
Over the course of the season, he has averaged 1.6 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 4.3 clearances per league game.
In the 3-2 win over Burnley last time out, Vestergaard made 10 clearances, while in the reverse fixture – a 1-0 win – he made 13.
Against Chelsea, the 28-year-old made seven clearances and four interceptions, and against Arsenal, he made 102 passes with 88.2 percent accuracy.
All of these stats – and more – point to Vestergaard standing out as a top defender and, with a reported price tag of just £18million, he would be a bargain.