Tottenham target ‘flirts with exit’ as Romano reveals Postecoglou’s ‘top target’ and Ndombele plan

Jason Soutar
Reported Tottenham target Micky van de Ven celebrates during a match for Netherlands Under-21s.
Tottenham signing Micky van de Ven celebrates during a match for Netherlands Under-21s.

Tottenham are yet to make a ‘concrete offer’ for Wolfsburg centre-back Micky van de Ven but are in a good position to sign him, according to reports.

The north Londoners are in the market for a new central defender as Ange Postecoglou seeks a long-term partner for Cristian Romero.

Their top two targets are reportedly Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba and Van de Ven, who also plays in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.

Fabrizio Romano reported earlier this week that Tottenham have made a ‘verbal opening proposal’ for the latter, with ‘no issues’ expected when it comes to agreeing personal terms.

Romano says Tapsoba is the club’s ‘top target’ and they are working on a deal for both, though only one is expected to join.

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Saying that, it is being reported by Sky Sports Germany that the idea of Van de Ven moving this summer is ‘not far-fetched’ after ‘flirting with an exit’.

Wolfsburg have ‘already planned’ for his exit and are hoping to receive more than the €30million they got from Borussia Dortmund for Felix Nmecha.

A move to Tottenham is definitely not ruled out, with Postecoglou’s side expected to make a ‘concrete offer’ for the 22-year-old.

Meanwhile, Spurs are expected to offload club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele, who is attracting interest from Turkey.

It was reported earlier this week that the Premier League club turned down a €20m bid from Napoli, where the French midfielder spent last season on loan.

Postecoglou could be willing to give Ndombele a chance next season, but it does seem like a sale, or perhaps another loan, is the Australian manager’s top priority.

According to Fanatik journalist Ethem Sunduk (via Sport Witness), Turkish giants Galatasaray have ‘reached an agreement’ to sign Ndombele on a temporary basis.

Galatasaray have also ‘agreed’ to pay the player’s €2.5m-a-year salary, though his situation relies on the futures of Lucas Torreira and Leandro Paredes.

The former looks like he could be leaving the Super Lig club, and Paredes would be their priority over Ndombele, who would likely be signed if the Argentinian is not brought in.

In a boost to Gala, Spurs ‘do not demand a fee’ to let him leave on loan, which also shows how eager they are to get rid.

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