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Tottenham should challenge Leicester for James Tarkowski as Skriniar alternative – TBR View

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Tottenham should challenge Leicester for James Tarkowski as Skriniar alternative – TBR View

Tottenham are being linked with a move for Inter Milan defender, Milan Skriniar, with Jose Mourinho seemingly desperate to bolster his defensive options.

Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez have been the pairing selected by Mourinho so far this season but it seems the Spurs boss wants more.

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The Guardian reports that Skriniar is the number one target for the club. Officials are said to be in talks with representatives in Milan but there is said to be some distance between what Spurs want to pay and Milan want.

So, it could be, then, that Tottenham needs to identify another target and surely, with Leicester City keen, they have to be expressing an interest in Burnley ace, James Tarkowski.

The Telegraph claimed yesterday that the Foxes have seen a bid in the region of £30m rejected. However, it is expected that Leicester will return with another bid, with Tarkowski apparently keen on the move.

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But surely, given his quality, Spurs could move in and try and convince London is the place to be for Tarkowski, especially if they miss out on Skriniar in the end.


Quality, improving, and knows the league, Tarkowski is ideal

Obviously here, the fee is going to be a big issue. If Spurs miss out on Skriniar (said to be valued around £46m), then it’s clear the club has a certain limit they’ll go to when it comes to landing a new defender.

But in Tarkowski, they’d be getting a more or less guaranteed home-run. The Burnley star has been a colossus under Sean Dyche in recent seasons and has seen that form rewarded by Gareth Southgate with England.

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The other thing, and importantly, is that Spurs are likely to be challenging for top four places with Leicester. So can they really afford to let a rival club land on of the country’s top central defenders ahead of them? It doesn’t make much sense.

Skriniar is obviously a massive talent and will do well if signed. But if Spurs do miss out, then Tarkowski could be just as impressive.

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