Spurs keen on versatile defender after missing out on Ginter


Borussia Monchengladbach have wrapped up the signing of Matthias Ginter from Borussia Dortmund.

The London Evening Standard report Spurs had been monitoring the defender having sent scouts to watch him in action during Germany’s international games in June.

It won’t come as too big a blow for Mauricio Pochettino, as his options at centre-back are already pretty healthy. In addition to Spurs’ first-choice partnership of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier can play at the back, and Cameron Carter-Vickers looks close to being ready for the first team.

The major disappointment will be for Kevin Wimmer, who may not be able to move on from his unproductive spell in north London until the Lilywhites find a replacement.

The Austrian started just four Premier League games last season and will be conscious of the need to play regularly ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia.


There may still be some hope for him, however, as Tottenham are believed to be eyeing another defensive target in Ajax’s Joel Veltman, per the same source.

The Dutchman can play either at centre-back or right-back and was part of the Ajax team that impressed in last term’s Europa League, reaching the final.

The 25-year-old could cost as little as £10million, though that is also expected to attract Crystal Palace – who are, of course, now managed by Veltman’s former manager, Frank de Boer.

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