Tottenham reach ‘personal agreement’ with £30m 6’4″ defender as ‘desperate’ Ange gets his man

Jason Soutar
Tottenham target Micky van de Ven chases down Donyell Malen during a match.
Tottenham target Micky van de Ven chases down Donyell Malen during a match.

Tottenham are reportedly closing in on the signing of Wolfsburg defender Micky van de Ven after reaching an agreement with the player and the German club.

The Premier League side are in the market for a new central defender with new boss Ange Postecoglou likely to revert to a back four.

They were very rigid in a back five under Antonio Conte and fans will be happy to see Postecoglou’s free-flowing pressing football in action over pre-season and then when the competitive campaign gets underway.

Van de Ven might be better fitted to a back five, but he is only 22 years old and has shown great ability on the ball while displaying an incredible amount of pace for Wolfsburg,

Furthermore, as a left-footed centre-back, he is very desirable and could form a terrific partnership with Cristian Romero.

Tottenham are also believed to be targeting Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba, but reports on Monday night suggest the signing of Van de Ven is close to being completed.

According to Dutch transfer expert Mike Verweij, there is now a ‘personal agreement’ on a five-year contract.

Meanwhile, the Mirror say ‘Tottenham are set to sign Wolfsburg defender Micky van de Ven in a £30million deal’.

Journalist John Cross says ‘the two clubs are left to finalise the details’ after Spurs reached an agreement with the Dutch Under-21 international.

Postecoglou is ‘desperate to bolster his defence’ and the signing of Van de Ven could end up being a brilliant piece of business.

If the deal comes to fruition, the Wolfsburg man will join James Maddison in north London following his £40m arrival from Leicester City.

It does not appear to be all plain sailing for Spurs, however. According to Football London correspondent Alasdair Gold, there is no agreement in place between the English and German clubs.

Gold was quick to say he is not ruling out the transfer, as he looks to avoid angry Twitter trolls, and that Spurs ‘really like’ Van de Ven.

While Postecoglou looks to improve his team, he could be forced to sell star man Harry Kane, who only has a year left on his contract and reportedly has no desire to extend.

Kane is attracting interest from Bayern Munich and Man Utd, though it is unlikely Daniel Levy will sell to a direct rival.

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