Journalist hints Spurs view 25-year-old centre-back as ‘possible’ backup option

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Fabio Paratici
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The Sun’s chief sports writer Martin Lipton has revealed that while Fenerbahce centre-back Kim Min-jae is on Tottenham’s radar this summer, he is not at the top of Antonio Conte’s wishlist.

Conte is thought to be hopeful of signing two central defenders this summer, with the likes of Alessandro Bastoni, Josko Gvardiol, Pau Torres and Gleison Bremer thought to be among those the North London club are interested in (Football.London).

Ekrem Konur reported earlier this month that Spurs are also eyeing a move for Kim, who has excelled in his first season in Turkey following his move from Beijing Guoan 12 months ago.

This was backed up by Turkish publication Takvim, who subsequently reported that Tottenham were one of five clubs interested in the centre-back, along with Everton, AC Milan, Napoli and Sevilla.

The report revealed that the 25-year-old has a release clause of €23m (£19.8m) in his contract with Fenerbahce.

Lipton has now insisted that while Spurs could make an approach for Kim this summer, they are not likely to do so.

He told Chris Cowlin’s YouTube Channel: “They’ve looked at a lot, there’s a certain grade of centre-half they’re looking at, the Korean boy is slightly below the top level of that list at the moment. 

“He’s on the list, but he’s not necessarily at the top of it, he’s a possible rather than probable.”

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I expected a left-sided centre-back to be one of the first players through the door at Spurs this summer. I am surprised that the club are now seemingly prioritising additions in other areas of the pitch. That suggests to me that Paratici believes that one of the club’s primary targets for the position would become available later in the window. 

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