Spurs eye centre back and left back signings to boost team’s defence this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has instructed his scouts to seek a replacement for left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who does not appear to have convinced the Portuguese manager at left back, and will also look to sign a centre back this summer.
The Daily Mirror states that Assou-Ekotto’s struggles with injuries this season – a knee injury saw him out of action for four months – and his unconvincing form when selected has resulted in a likely exit from White Hart Lane this summer.
Spurs are reportedly considering either of Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao or Alvaro Pereira of Inter Milan as Assou-Ekotto’s potential replacement, and certainly on paper each is a substantial upgrade on the Cameroon international.
Each has more UEFA Champions League experience than the 29 year-old Tottenham player, who already faces plenty of competition for his place amongst players already on the books at White Hart Lane.
Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Naughton have both filled in at left full back and played well, while Danny Rose has shone on loan at Sunderland this season.
Unless Assou-Ekotto plays incredibly well for the rest of the season, Andre Villas-Boas’ desire to sell him while he still commands a transfer fee is understandable.
In addition, Tottenham are looking at recruiting a centre back this summer, and have watched Federico Fernandez of Napoli.
The Argentinean has spent the campaign on loan at Getafe, and has greatly impressed in La Liga.
The 24 year-old Fernandez’s focus, tackling ability and technical skills when it comes to a quick passing game would make him a fine option for Villas-Boas’ side.