Report: Spurs ‘almost’ signed centre-back long before switch to Serie A

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Area Napoli have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur ‘almost’ succeeded in signing Kim Min-jae in the past, well before the centre-back’s move to Napoli this summer.

Kim was linked with a move to Tottenham during the summer transfer window, with reports even indicating back in July that the centre-back was hopeful of completing a switch to the North London club (AreaNapoli).

However, it was Napoli who won the race for the South Korean, while the only addition Spurs made in central defence was the signing of Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona.

Kim has enjoyed a fantastic start to his time at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, having already established himself as a regular in Luciano Spalletti’s starting eleven.

One of the centre-back’s advisors was quoted as saying to Calcio Napoli 24 earlier this month that Antonio Conte’s men were one of several sides who showed interest in the player prior to his switch to Naples.

Area Napoli have now claimed that it was Tottenham who ‘first noticed’ Kim’s qualities and the North London club ‘almost’ signed him from Beijing Guoan, before his move to Fenerbahce last summer.

The report adds that, following Kim’s impressive performances at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, several Premier League clubs are now eyeing the 25-year-old, and could make a move for him in the future.

Spurs Web Opinion

Spurs still lack a natural backup for Eric Dier in the central sweeper role, and I believe Kim would have been a very good fit for the position.

However, the complications regarding the homegrown rule meant that we needed to bring in an English defender to replace Tanganga this summer, which might have been why we did not make any late additions at centre-back.

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