Report: 25-year-old central defender wanted move to Spurs this summer

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Fenerbahce defender Kim Min-jae was hoping for a move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to Arena Napoli.

The South Korean central defender joined the Turkish giants in August of last year from Beijing Guoan, where he had played for two years.

Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has revealed that Jose Mourinho tried to sign Kim Min-jae a year ago while he was still in charge a year ago but the club were not prepared to meet the valuation for the 25-year-old (Gazete Vatan).

Min-jae is now said to be on the radar of Napoli who are looking to bring in another central defender to replace Kalidou Koulibaly, who is bound for Chelsea.

The Superliga side are expecting Napoli to meet their buy-out clause of €18million (£15.2million), with the player keen to test himself in a more challenging league.

The Sun’s chief sports writer Martin Lipton claimed last month that while Spurs have an interest in the South Korean, he is not at the top of their wishlist (Chris Cowlin’s YouTube Channel).

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Napoli are in need of a new defender to replace the outgoing Koulibaly, with a £15.2million fee hardly making a dent in the funds they will receive from Chelsea.

Tottenham’s priorities are more with a ball-playing left-sided central defender in the style of Alessandro Bastoni or Josko Gvardiol, it looks as if Spurs will have to wait patiently until next summer if they want to land either of those players.

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