Tottenham must hijack Newcastle’s interest in Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico

According to reports in The Sun, Newcastle United are targeting a move for £8m Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, and their Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur must hijack any potential deal.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says that the Magpies, along with top-flight new boys Fulham, have been alerted to the Argentina international potentially being available for a cut-price £8m fee, following his impressive 2018 World Cup displays.

Despite his country’s poor showing, the 25-year-old started all four of his side’s matches in Russia and showed his ability from both a defensive and offensive point of view, with The Sun reporting that Bundesliga outfits Wolfsburg and Schalke are also keen on a player who only joined Ajax during the January transfer window.

Should he arrive at St James’ Park, he would likely be competing with both Paul Dummett and Kenedy for a spot in the starting XI given the attributes that he has in his locker.

Why must Tottenham hijack any move?

Well, Spurs are one of only two Premier League clubs yet to make any signings this summer, and it seems as though their business may come down to offloading players that are surplus to requirements first.

Danny Rose is one of those that has been heavily linked with an exit having found himself as second-choice in the left-back/left wing-back position behind Ben Davies on his return from injury at the end of 2017.

Should they get rid of the England international before August 9 then Mauricio Pochettino, who should also make a shock swoop for an out-of-favour Chelsea man, will want some competition and cover for Davies on the left, and Tagliafico would be an affordable but experienced and quality addition, and it is well known that Daniel Levy loves a bargain deal.