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Spurs could move for 'Ledley-esque' £26m ace if Kounde deal falls through, suggests journalist

Spurs are looking to bolster their defensive ranks this season following a difficult 2020-21 campaign.

Tottenham have been linked with Maxence Lacroix in recent weeks.

And Alasdair Gold claims the 21-year-old is “certainly” in Fabio Paratici’s sights.

The football.london Spurs correspondent says Lacroix “ticks a lot of boxes” for Tottenham.

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However, Spurs moving for Lacroix could come down to what happens with their pursuit of Jules Kounde.

Gold says he believes Kounde’s first choice is Real Madrid but if that doesn’t materialise, Tottenham could come into the picture.

When asked by a fan whether there was any truth to the Lacroix rumours, Gold wrote on football.london: “Lacroix is certainly one on Paratici’s long list of potential central defenders.

“He ticks a lot of boxes for a Tottenham signing with his profile and age, but we now await to see who the Italian moves forward with, and it could come down to what happens with Kounde.”

Lacroix has a 30m euro (£26m) price tag, according to Footmercato, which is a bargain considering his age and potential.

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Spurs eyeing one of the fastest players in the Bundesliga?

Lacroix only joined Wolfsburg from Sochaux last summer but he enjoyed a superb maiden season in Germany.

He quickly established himself as a mainstay in Wolfsburg’s defence and made 29 Bundesliga appearances.

According to the Bundesliga website, Lacroix was the fourth-fastest played in the German top flight last season at 22.2mph.

He was also 18th in the overall tackle-winning stakes with 339, and 20th in aerial duels with 90.

Lacroix’s efforts helped Wolfsburg maintain the second-best defence in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League.

“Ledley-esque”

A highlight reel of Lacroix, from the Wolfsburg Twitter feed, was shared by Spurs Web earlier this month.

And fans liked what they saw:

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