The Telegraph have claimed that Crystal Palace saw off competition from Tottenham Hotspur to land Joachim Andersen last summer.

On the back of his impressive showing on loan from Fulham last season, Anderson was reported to be one of the centre-backs on Fabio Paratici’s radar last summer (Football.London).

Spurs were said to be in the driving seat to land the centre-back at one point after having held talks with the player’s representatives (Danish publication BT).

However, it was Palace who ended up winning the race for Andersen and the Denmark international has enjoyed a solid first season at Selhurst Park.

The Telegraph have now claimed that the Eagles ‘fought off competition’ from Spurs to land the 25-year-old. It is alleged that Patrick Viera’s side took advantage of Spurs’ managerial uncertainty last summer to swoop for the central defender.

The groundwork was allegedly laid by Palace for the deal back in February of last year.

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It was evident that the likes of Romero and Jules Kounde were Paratici’s top centre-back targets last summer and that Andersen was a fair way down the Spurs managing director’s wishlist. 

The Romero signing has worked out quite well for Tottenham and the Argentine has demonstrated that he is a better player than Andersen despite being younger than the Dane.

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