Ex-Spurs man claims Levy will block move for defender wanted by Mourinho

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Paul Robinson has backed Tottenham’s reported pursuit of Diego Godin and has claimed that he would be a more valuable addition for the North London side than Dejan Lovren.

However, the former Spurs goalkeeper added that he believes Daniel Levy is unlikely to sanction a deal for the Uruguayan centre-back.

Godin is expected to leave Inter Milan at the end of the season (Daily Mail), and Tottenham are said to be one of the clubs vying for his signature (Mirror).

Jose Mourinho is reportedly a long-time admirer of the experienced centre half and tried to sign him when he was in charge at Manchester United.

Tottenham are also said to be interested in signing Lovren, who has been told by Jurgen Klopp that he is free to leave Liverpool at the end of the season (TEAMtalk).

Robinson believes that Godin would be a better signing than the Liverpool man despite being four years older. However, he claimed that Levy will not sanction a move for a 34-year-old as he and Mourinho have different philosophies in the transfer market.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former England number one said: “I would much rather see Godin than Lovren. I do not think Lovren would improve what they have got but they do need to strengthen.

“Godin is 34, so he could be brought in to help the likes of Tanganga with his experience but it is not a Daniel Levy or a Tottenham signing. At 34 you are not going to get many years out of him. It is a top-class, ready-made signing but you would only get him as a short-term fix.

“This was always going to be interesting when Jose Mourinho came in because he and Daniel Levy have very different transfer policies.”

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I can see why Jose may want to sign an experienced defender to replace Vertonghen as we still have a relatively inexperienced backline. However, I don’t think Godin or Lovren are the answer to our defensive problems. Both players will be temporary fixes rather than long-term solutions.

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