Defender rumoured to be on Spurs’ radar admits he wants to take ‘next step’

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Dom Le Roy

Freiburg defender Robin Koch, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham over the past few weeks, has now admitted to the German media that he wants to leave his current club at the end of the season to take the next step in his career.

Koch has had an impressive season for the Bundesliga side and his performances are said to have caught the attention of clubs in Germany, England and Italy.

Portuguese news outlet Record (as relayed by Sport Witness) reported back in January that Spurs were following the German defender’s progress closely.

Meanwhile, Area Napoli reported last week that Tottenham were among the clubs keen on the defender and could be set to compete for his signature with Serie A side Napoli.

Leeds United chairman Victor Orta has also admitted that the Yorkshire club are interested in the German defender but insisted it would be hard for the club to sign him unless they get promoted back to the Premier League next season (Yorkshire Evening Post).

Koch has admitted that there was interest for him in January and spoke of his desire to leave in the summer.

When asked about his future, the 23-year-old told SportBILD: “It is clear that I want to take the next step. There were requests from major clubs (in January).

“But first of all, I hope that the (global health pandemic) will be contained, that normality will quickly prevail and that we can kick again.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Koch is still a raw talent and not anywhere near a finished product. While rebuilding our defence has to be the club’s priority in the summer, Koch is not the type of signing that can slot into the team straight away and improve us. I suspect he is just one of many players we are tracking and I don’t expect him to be near the top of our list of targets.

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