Spurs search for centre-backs

With Jan Vertonghen looking rather disgruntled in the last few games and likely to leave at the end of the season without Champions League football, Vlad Chiriches not being good enough for a side with top four aspirations and Younes Kaboul seemingly permanently injured, Spurs are only left with only Michael Dawson at centre-back
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Jan Vertonghen likely to leave Spurs
Jan Vertonghen likely to leave Spurs
Additional centre-backs have suddenly a priority, or one of the priorities there are a few at White Hart Lane. We have been looking into who we have been casting an eye over in recent articles and today we take a look at another couple, this time central defenders.

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We have already looked at, 28 year-old Argentinian defender Gabriel Paletta at Parma, 20 year-old Nottingham Forest centre-back and England youth international Jamaal Lascelles and.German Under 21 international Andre Hoffman at Hannover,

Spurs have been keeping an eye on Fiorentina defender Stefan Savic, a 23 year-old centre-back. In 2010 he had a 10 day trial with Arsenal and agreed to join them but it never came about. The Montenegrin international was formerly at Manchester City before moving to the Italians in 2012.

Man City signed him in 2011 on a 4 year contract for £6 million but he only played 11 Premier League games and 20 games in total for them. He can also provide cover as a right-back. His salary in 2012 was only £10,306 a week so he wouldn't hurt the wage bill. Fiorentina value him at £7.02 million (€8.5m).

Another name in the frame is Swansea and Wales central defender Ashley Williams. Many Spurs fans can not understand why we sold Steve Caulker but it was quite simply, he wanted to play first team football and not be a back-up centre-back. If a player wants to play there is little you can do about it. We could have refused to sell him and been left with a moping moaning player disrupting the dressing room, never a good option.

Ashley Williams has drawn plaudits since Swansea's arrival in the Premier League where he has a contract until 2015. Captain of both club and country he is a leader on the pitch and not adverse to telling his teammates to give more and has been despairing with the form of his side. Like Savic he could also provide emergency cover at right-back for Kyle Walker.

He would however be an unlikely signing given he is 29 and the wages he would require. You would be looking for another centre-half in a couple of years to replace him and his value would not be increasing. His profile does not fit in with the clubs transfer policy.




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