Tottenham Hotspur are seventh in the Premier League on points (42), eight in the league for goals conceded (32), 14th in the league for shots faced per game (13.9) and joint-fifth in the league for clean sheets, so it’s clear a better defence would help their push for a top-four finish.
The Lilywhites aren’t short of centre-backs with Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon at their disposal, but Harry Pratt of the Daily Star says Spurs are on the hunt for another defender – Sven Botman.
The 22-year-old joined LOSC Lille on a five-year deal from Ajax in 2020 and has gone on to make 72 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals with two assists. Botman cost the Ligue 1 side only £7.2m but could land them a major profit if he’s sold this summer – Get French Football News say Lille are requesting £45m for the Dutchman.
He’d be Tottenham’s second-most expensive signing at that price, but Botman does look a fantastic defender with a bright future. The 22-year-old has made 19 Ligue 1 appearances this season, winning nine times and keeping five clean sheets. Lille have conceded one or less goals in 12 of the 19 top-flight games he’s featured in.
Botman has won 41/60 aerial duels, blocked 30 shots/passes/crosses, made 90 clearances, given away one foul every 155 minutes, has been dribbled past just five times and has averaged a tackle (20) or interception (18) every 45 minutes. Tottenham do have a stumbling block in their pursuit of the £3.2m-a-year player – Newcastle United.
Thanks to their takeover by Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media, the Magpies are one of the richest clubs in Europe and can blow any side out of the water financially. They’re interested in Botman and may be able to offer him a better deal than Spurs, so time will tell where the 22-year-old ends up.