Spurs weigh up £20m move for Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj

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Tottenham Hotspur are weighing up a move for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj, per the Daily Express.

What’s the word?

Spurs have been left with something of an injury crisis at right-back, with Juan Foyth currently sidelined and Serge Aurier only just returning to training, having missed the entirety of pre-season with a wrist injury.

Following the sale of Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid, the club have been left with Kyle Walker-Peters as their only fit right-sided defender.

And the Daily Express now reports that the club could enter the race to sign Hysaj from the Serie A club.

He is reported to be valued at £20m, and both Roma and Juventus have been credited with an interest too.

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A valuable addition

A transfer fee of £20m is a snip in today’s market.

Hysaj, of course, does not have Premier League experience but he has captained Albania, winning 47 caps, and has also made 170 appearances in Serie A.

Still only 25, Hysaj would represent a low-cost and low-risk acquisition for Spurs, who are desperately short in defence.

A deal would have to be rushed through, with the transfer deadline coming on Thursday, but this is one that chairman Daniel Levy should be looking to get over the line as soon as possible.

It would plug a remarkably leaky hole in defence and also ensure that manager Mauricio Pochettino has all the resources he needs at full-back.

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