Spurs have begun negotiations with FC Porto over the transfer of defender Rolando…
Tottenham have approached FC Porto regarding the potential transfer of Portuguese stopper Rolando, reports Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles via Sulia.
The Portuguese international 27-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Napoli, after failing to secure a move to relegated QPR.
The centre-half has 18 caps for his country, and could replace Steven Caulker, who has joined Cardiff. Tottenham already have Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul as central defensive options, but the former picked up an injury during a pre-season friendly last week.
Rolando could slot nicely in the Spurs defence, as he is comfortable with the ball at his feet, and an aggressive tackler. His ability to play the ball out from the back will suit the fluid style of football favoured by Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.
Spurs could well be purchasing Rolando with a small fraction of the money they receive for Gareth Bale, if the Welshman does depart to Real Madrid. The La Liga runners up have tabled a world-record bid for the 24-year-old, who is reportedly tempted by the lure of the Spanish giants.