The Sun have revealed that Brentford are set to rival Tottenham in their pursuit to re-sign Sunderland defender Dennis Cirkin.

Cirkin came through the ranks of the Tottenham academy and the left-back was highly rated at the club, having been a key member of the club’s Under-18s and Under-21s set-up.

The Irishman left the North London club to join Sunderland in the summer of 2021, and he played a key role in helping the Black Cats win promotion to the Championship last season.

It was reported when the 20-year-old left Tottenham that the North London club had inserted a buy-back option of £6m in the deal (Sunderland Echo).

The Sun then reported earlier this month that the youngster had caught Tottenham’s eye with his performances for Sunderland and that Antonio Conte’s men were contemplating bringing the player back to the club.

The same publication have now offered an update on Cirkin’s future, explaining that Brentford also have an eye on the left-back.

It is explained that the Bees see the Sunderland man as a potential replacement for Rico Henry if he leaves the Brentford Community Stadium.

The report adds that Cirkin could thus have a decision to make in January between joining Thomas Frank’s side and returning to his former club.

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I suspect the Tottenham hierarchy see Cirkin as a perfect fit for the left centre-back role in Conte’s system, which is why they are tempted to activate the buy-back clause.

However, perhaps the 20-year-old will feel that he has a better chance of getting regular minutes under his belt at the Brentford Community Stadium than he does at Spurs.

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