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Rumour Mill: Tottenham Trailing Hoffenheim Defender?

According to SkySources, Tottenham Hotspur have expressed a desire to sign Hoffenheim right-back Jeremy Toljan this Summer.

The 22 year old full-back made 20 appearances for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga last season, scoring 1 goal and assisting once more, while also featuring and impressing in Germany’s Under 21s European Championships campaign, which they won.

Earlier in the Summer, SkySources had already reported that Tottenham were scouting the young defender as a potential replacement for Kyle Walker, as well as Porto’s Ricardo Pereira.

However, Toljan would represent the much cheaper option, as the 22 year old is in the last year of his contract and could be prised away from Germany for little over £3 million, as opposed to the £22 million required to sign Pereira from Porto.

The club’s Director of Football, Alex Rosen, has already indicated the likelihood of losing Toljan to Tottenham, telling German newspaper Bild that Hoffenheim could not compete financially with Spurs in regards to player wages. He said:

“If Tottenham come in and offer to treble Toljan’s salary, you cannot say: ‘London is an unattractive city or Tottenham are a bad club’. This is all very positive, and then young people think about it.”

The report also suggests that Tottenham may face competition for the youngster’s signature, with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool also reportedly interested in the defender.

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