Football.London have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur will sign a centre-back during the January transfer window if Japhet Tanganga leaves the club.

Tottenham’s defence has been somewhat leaky so far this season, with the Lilywhites having conceded 23 goals in 16 Premier League matches so far.

The backline was once again left exposed at times on Boxing Day, with Tanganga struggling to cope with the physicality of Brentford’s forwards while Eric Dier’s skewed clearance led to the corner kick from which the Bees scored their second goal.

However, Antonio Conte defended Tanganga after the game, pointing out that the defender was playing a competitive fixture after a long time, and the 53-year-old even insisted that Spurs do not need reinforcements in central defence during January (Football.London).

Alasdair Gold has now stated that Tottenham’s decision on whether to strengthen at centre-half could depend on the future of Tanganga. The journalist added should the Spurs academy graduate leave on loan or in a permanent deal, the north London club will look to secure a replacement for him.

Japhet Tanganga

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Based on this report and Conte’s own admission on Monday, my gut feeling is that Tottenham will hang on to both Tanganga and Davinson Sanchez until the end of the season and make wholesale changes at centre-half next summer. It appears as if the club are prioritising additions in other areas in January.

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