Report: Spurs could battle Newcastle United for 26-year-old centre-back

According to German news oulet Sport1, Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a summer move for Leeds United centre-back Robin Koch.

Since arriving from Freiburg back in 2020, Koch has been a regular in the backline for Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa, Jesse Marsch and now Javi Gracia.

The German international is arguably having his best season since arriving in England, having started all but one Premier League game so far in 2022-23 (Transfermarkt).

Sport 1 claim that Koch’s performances have caught the eye of Spurs as well as Newcastle United, with the Magpies said to have followed the progress of the defender for some time.

The report adds he fits the profile of centre-back that Eddie Howe is looking for as Newcastle aim to bolster their backline in the summer.

Apart from the two Premier League clubs, Koch is also thought to be on the radar of RB Leipzig while AC Milan and Napoli are said to have eyed moves for the player in the past.

The centre-back recently revealed that there are ongoing talks over a contract renewal with Leeds, even if he is focusing on the pitch himself for the time being.

He told Spox: “During the season, I want to distract myself as little as possible with future planning.

“Initial talks are currently underway between the club and my agent. Towards the end of the season, and during the summer break, I will deal with it.

“Now, my focus is 100% on our games and goals.”

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Given that Koch will be down to the final 12 months of his contract in June, I would not be surprised if the competition for his signature heats up.

I expect others apart from Spurs and Newcastle to also enter the race for the German over the coming months.

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