Tottenham’s chances of signing Toby Alderweireld have taken a massive hit with Southampton threatening to take legal action over a possible transfer, according to reports.
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According to The Mirror, Southampton claim La Liga side Atletico Madrid will breach an agreement between the two clubs over the defender.
Alderweireld looked set to join Tottenham on a £11.5m deal after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy flew to Madrid to nut out a deal, and reports suggest the Belgian is due to arrive in London to hold talks over personal terms.
However, Southampton believes Atletico Madrid have missed out on the chance to sell Alderweireld elsewhere.
According to the report, Southampton had the chance to make Alderweireld’s loan deal permanent for £6.8m this summer, however, Atletico could cancel the clause by paying the Saints £1.5m.
The La Liga heavyweights are believed to have paid the sum last week, but Southampton insist Atletico had missed the deadline to cancel the deal.
The Mirror reports Saints head of football development Les Reed will now fly to Madrid to argue that Alderweireld should join the Premier League club on a £6.8m fee.
Alderweireld has also been linked with a move to Chelsea, but interest from the Premier League champions seems to have cooled.