Frank McAvennie has backed Tottenham to complete a move for Antonio Rüdiger and sees a deal happening due to the Chelsea defender already living in London. 

Rudiger, 28, has entered the final year of his current deal at Stamford Bridge and has allegedly been locked in a contract standoff with fresh terms still yet to be agreed. 

Tottenham are reportedly one of a host of clubs interested in securing a transfer for the Germany international, with some claiming Antonio Conte’s side will intensify their interest ahead of the January transfer window. 

Ex-West Ham striker McAvennie has tipped Spurs, along with his former side, to be potential destinations for Rudiger and feels a move from West to North London could be suitable if the N17 side plan to bolster their defensive ranks. 

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I think West Ham were wanting to sign him. I said he would be an excellent signing for West Ham. He is very experienced and he has been brilliant this season.

“For those same reasons, I think he would be a brilliant signing for Tottenham.

“He’s big, strong, brilliant in the air. I really rate the guy. I think Chelsea losing him is a big blow for them.

“Tottenham’s defence needs improving and if they are trying to do that then I don’t see many better options than Rudiger. 

“It’s easy for him too. He already lives in London so he won’t have to rip up his life to go to Tottenham. To be honest, that is one I can see happening.”

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There are plenty of sides interested in acquiring Rudiger given his current contract situation at Chelsea – especially given he has been one of their best defenders in the last couple of seasons. He also plays very comfortably in a back three, which is something Conte has implemented at Spurs already. 

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