Noel Whelan believes Joe Gomez is exactly the kind of central defender that Tottenham need to improve their backline in the summer.

Gomez formed a formidable partnership with Virgil van Dijk at the back for Liverpool in previous years and was a regular in England squads. However, since returning from his knee injury, the 24-year-old has struggled for game time at Anfield this season.

90 min reported last week that the centre-back was keen to leave Liverpool in the summer in order to get regular first-team football under his belt and give himself the best chance of making it into the England squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

The report claimed that Tottenham, Newcastle United, West Ham and Leicester City were all keen on snapping up the Reds star.

Whelan believes that Gomez will be enthusiastic about the prospect of moving to Spurs, given his London roots.

When asked if a move to Tottenham could be on the cards for the Liverpool man, the former Leeds United forward told Football Insider: “I think it’d be a great move.

“You’ve got Ben Davies playing as a left-sided centre-back. Really, you’d like to push him a little bit further forward in that left wing-back role if possible.

“If you had somebody like Gomez, with his experience at the back, along with Dier and Romero, what a formidable three that would be.

“I think it’d really make a difference having somebody like Joe Gomez back there. He’d be going back home, pretty much. Charlton is where he started. It would make sense to want to go back to that neck of the woods.

“For Tottenham, I think that would be an improvement on what they need in terms of that defensive stability. A back three you can really trust. He’s somebody that knows and is proven in the Premier League.”

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Gomez will be an excellent acquisition for any side as the 24-year-old is proven at the highest level and has age on his side. I would expect at least half a dozen clubs to vie for his signing in the summer if he becomes available.

Spurs might be a more attractive destination than the likes of Leicester, Newcastle or West Ham for Gomez but it remains to be seen if the North Londoners will want to get involved in a bidding war for the centre-back.

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