Report: Tottenham open talks for £26m-rated Vertonghen replacement

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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly opened talks to sign Hellas Verona star, Marash Kumbulla, according to the latest reports from Italy.

Kumbulla has been a rock at the back for Verona in their first season back in the Italian top-flight and the 20-year-old’s performances aren’t going unnoticed by the looks of things.

The Lilywhites are said to be battling the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan, and Inter Milan for the young defender’s signature, according to a report in Firenze Viola.

Gazzetta dello Sport (as relayed by Sport Witness) now report that Tottenham view the Albanian international as the man to replace Vertonghen, who is expected to leave when his contract runs out in the summer (Football Insider).

The report claims that Spurs have reached out to Verona to inquire about the centre-back’s availability.

It is claimed that it would take €30 million to sign the young defender this summer, although it is revealed that the Lilywhites have work to do to see off Inter’s interest in Kumbulla.

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I suspect our name is only being thrown in the mix since our need for a centre-half is well publicised and we sent scouts to watch the youngster in action this season. Signing Kumbulla will be a big risk considering he has only had one good season in the Italian top flight. The Premier League is a completely different kettle of fish, especially for centre-halves.

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