Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has revealed Tottenham Hotspur are now fully focused on signing a central defender before the transfer window shuts on Monday.

Benfica have now confirmed that Carlos Vinicius will join Spurs on a season-long loan and, with a deal for a striker now seemingly over the line, Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking to bolster his defence before the deadline.

Gold revels that Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar remains the club’s main target and that the Lilywhites are expected to return with another offer for the Slovakian international before Monday.

However, he also revealed that there is plenty of work to be done, with Inter and Tottenham still some way apart in their valuations of the 25-year-old.

Inter are said to be demanding around £45million for the central defender but it is alleged that Spurs are only willing to spend closer to £32million plus add-ons on him.

It is said that Skriniar is desperate to complete a move to North London and is hoping the two clubs reach a compromise.

However, Gold also reveals that Spurs are not putting all their eggs in one basket, having identified Juventus’ Merih Demiral and Chelsea’ Antonio Rudiger as possible back up options but he also adds that the deal for the Blues defender would be “fraught with complications”.

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Even if we do not get Skriniar, we would have still had a near-perfect transfer window. At the start of the window, I did not think a new centre-back was as much as a priority for Spurs as some other positions like striker, full-back and defensive midfield. However, now that we have systematically addressed almost all of our weaknesses, we are only one top-class central defender away from having a complete squad, with at least two really good options in each position. If we can get Skriniar, we would have a squad capable of challenging the top two.

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