Former Tottenham striker, Darren Bent has urged the North Londoners to snap up Atalanta right-back Timothy Castagne, who is rumoured to be on the club’s radar.
It has been claimed that the Belgian international is now set for talks about his future after Atalanta’s exit from the Champions League against PSG earlier this week.
HLN reported that the defender, who is valued by Atlanta at £18m, is keen for a move to the Premier League.
It looks as if there will be wholesale changes to the backline at Spurs, with the likes of Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth expected to follow Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker-Peters out of the door (Football.London).
Bent believes that the Lilywhites are reasonably well-equipped at centre-half despite Vertonghen’s departure and insisted that it is the full-back areas where the club needs reinforcements.
Speaking to Football Insider, the 36-year-old said: “They need to start addressing that backline, we’ve seen Vertonghen go and we know they’ve got Tanganga and people like that but they need to get some full-backs in there.
“We’ve spoken about the right-back situation, Aurier, we’re not sure about him but also the left-back situation, Ben Davies, is he going to be the main one, they’ve got Sessegnon too, we don’t know what’s going on with him.”
The former England striker insisted that Castagne would be a bargain signing for the reported price.
When asked about Spurs’ rumoured pursuit of the Atalanta defender, Bent added: “When you talk about a guy who’s an international and has Champions League experience as well, if they have aspirations of getting back into the Champions League, they need that kind of experience so I’m all for that.
“That is a bargain, £18million – it’s crazy we’re talking about £18million being a bargain but with some of the prices that are being bandied about, yeah.
“That’s the kind of signing you need to bring in for that sort of money – not every signing has to be for £40-50million-plus.”
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Unless Jose Mourinho is planning on using Tanganga as the main cover for right-back next season, I cannot imagine him wanting him to replace Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters with just one new player. If Aurier leaves, I expect us to sign Castagne or Celik plus one other younger right-back like Aarons.
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