Alasdair Gold is in no doubt that Tottenham Hotspur will enter the market for a new centre-back in January. 

While Tottenham strengthened their backline with the addition of Micky van de Ven from Wolfsburg, which has proven an inspired move so far, some Spurs fans were understandably disappointed that the club did not sign one more centre-back before the summer transfer window shut.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Rodrigo Muniz of Fulham challenges for the ball with Micky van de Ven of Tottenham Hotspur during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage on August 29, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

With Davinson Sanchez departing to Galatasaray this week, Eric Dier is now the only senior centre-back that the Lilywhites could turn to in case there is any injury to one of their two starters.

Unsurprisingly, it has already been reported over the last few days that Tottenham are expected to reignite their interest in Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly (90 min) and Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo (Football Insider) when the window reopens in January.

Tottenham have to sign a new centre-back in January

Gold has now asserted that Spurs have no choice but to prioritise the signing of a centre-back in the winter transfer window.

The journalist said on Gold and Guest Talk Tottenham Podcast: “With Sanchez’s departure, they have that £12.8m to go towards a new January recruit. 

“Let’s be honest, in January they are signing a new centre-back, they are, it’s something Postecoglou wanted this summer, it didn’t happen, it will happen in January, it kind of has to.”

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Postecoglou’s decision to green-light Sanchez’s departure despite his seeming unwillingness to trust Dier, suggests that the Australian has some aces up his sleeve, and is perhaps open to the possibility of using Ben Davies (or maybe even Emerson Royal) at centre-back.

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