Tottenham continue to be linked with moves for players this month, with Danny Ings the latest to emerge as a potential target for Jose Mourinho.
The Telegraph claims that Ings is looking to leave Southampton, with Spurs one of the club taking a genuine interest in signing him.
And while Ings might be a fine signing for Mourinho’s men, there is also some more news coming out of St Mary’s that could be of interest to the Spurs boss, in the form of Ryan Bertrand’s contract situation.
Goal has claimed that Bertrand is in a similar boat to Ings and is looking to move to a club capable of challenging for the Champions League places.
So, while Ings may be the top target, the chance to sign Betrand is something that Mourinho might well want to look into, having had him as a youngster in their Chelsea days together.
The big stumbling block for Spurs in landing Bertrand is obviously Sergio Reguilon’s cementing of the left-back slot this term. A summer signing, Reguilon had slotted in nicely and given Spurs an added dimension.
But beyond Reguilon, the options are limited. Ben Davies is a good pro and remains reliable, while Ryan Sessegnon is out on loan in Germany and could well be a long-term option.
However, Mourinho is a known fan of Bertrand. He tried to sign him in 2018 when at Manchester United, per reports from the MEN.
Bertrand could give genuine competition to Reguilon. He has experience at this level, quality which has seen him given international caps, and at 31, is at an age where it’s now or never for a shot at the biggest stage again.
So, as all eyes focus on Danny Ings’ future, maybe a move for his lesser lauded teammate might be just as important for Spurs’ hopes of competing for trophies on a regular basis.