Report: Spurs ‘salivated’ over possibility of signing right-back when Pochettino was in charge

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have experienced problems at right-back for some time now, with Kieran Trippier enduring a tough season last year before being sold to Atletico Madrid.

However, the Lilywhites failed to bring in a replacement for the England man, instead promoting Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters to more senior roles.

Unfortunately, Walker-Peters was eventually frozen out by both Pochettino and Mourinho before being loaned to Southampton. Aurier has also suffered from defensive instabilities this season, despite an improvement going forward.

The Athletic have now revealed that Tottenham were excited by the prospect of signing Real Madrid right-back, Achraf Hakimi, before Mauricio Pochettino was sacked.

The report implies that Pochettino himself was keen on the 21-year-old, while stating that Spurs were waiting until Hakimi returned from a loan at Borussia Dortmund.

Hakimi has spent the last two season in Germany, racking up 55 appearances and 10 goals. The youngster can also fill in at left-back and on the wing, making him a versatile option (Wikipedia).

It remains to be seen whether Spurs are still interested in the Morrocan under the Jose Mourinho regime.

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