Pundit says Tottenham’s rumoured interest in Japanese star is only ‘logical’

Former Belgian international Gert Verheyen is not surprised to hear that Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a move for Union Saint-Gilloise centre-back Koki Machida.

A flood of centre-backs from the J-League have impressed in Europe over the last couple of years, with Machida being one of those.

The 26-year-old, who first arrived as a relative unknown from Kashima Antlers on loan two years ago, has now evolved into one of the best centre-backs in the Belgian top flight.

It was reported by 90 min at the start of this week that the Japan international’s displays had caught the attention of Spurs, who are on the lookout for reinforcements in defence.

The outlet added that the belief at the North London club is that the SG Union star has the physical attributes to play in Ange Postecoglou’s aggressive backline and the fact that he is left-footed makes him an especially attractive option for the Lilywhites.

The same publication added that Machida had also previously been of interest to Brighton.

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It is no surprise that Spurs are looking at Machida

Verheyen is not surprised that the defender is now attracting interest from Premier League heavyweights.

When asked about the speculation linking Machida with a move to Tottenham, the pundit simply told the Extra Time show on VRT: “That is normal. Not so much that it’s Tottenham, but that there’s interest. That is quite logical.”

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There is nothing concrete to suggest at the moment that Machida is near the top of Tottenham’s wishlist but Postecoglou would know the 26-year-old well from his time in Japan.

Based on the sheer number of central defenders we have been linked with over recent weeks, it seems like the club’s recruitment team and Postecoglou have not settled on a shortlist of targets just yet.

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