Tottenham want £35m ace – international has followed in Son Heung-min’s footsteps

Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah as a potential replacement for Toby Adlerweireld, according to The Mirror.

Speculation continues to reverberate around in the press over the Belgian’s future at Spurs, with no news over a potential contract extension for the 28-year-old centre-half.

While Tottenham fans will have their fingers crossed that Alderweireld pens an improved deal at the club, replacements are being mentioned.

Tah, 22, is on the books of Bayer Leverkusen and is a three-times capped Germany international centre-half with pace and power at his disposal.

The report suggests that Tottenham have been scouting the mobile centre-half recently and that the Bundesliga man is rated at around £35 million.

Tah’s journey to his current status is similar to Spurs attacker Son Heung-min, with both players stepping out for Hamburg for two years before moving to Leverkusen.

Tottenham also bought Dimitar Berbatov from Leverkusen back in 2006.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will know Tah relatively well given that the North London club played against the German side in the Champions League last season.

Looking at it objectively, the 22-year-old certainly fits the bill in terms of what Tottenham look for in potential recruits.

In the longer term, someone like Tah would be an impressive addition at the club and could be a potential successor to Alderweireld or Jan Vertonghen.

However, talk of Tottenham needing to find a replacement for Alderweireld is somewhat premature – Daniel Levy needs to get a contract extension over the line for the influential Belgian and keep Pochettino’s stellar squad together for the foreseeable future.