Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of a new centre-back before this evening’s transfer deadline has taken an interesting fresh twist, according to The Athletic.
Stuart James claims that Spurs are weighing up an offer for Swansea City centre-back Joe Rodon, who has been the subject of interest from Premier League rivals West Ham United this summer.
It’s claimed that the north London outfit are very much in the picture to sign him, though it’s thought that the Championship side would want £18m for his signature.
Daniel Levy would potentially try to negotiate this down but the Swans’ owners are insistent that he will not leave on the cheap.
James goes onto describe the 22-year-old as “one of the brightest prospects in the Championship” having made huge progress for the club during their playoff campaign last season.
Per WhoScored, the Welsh international is averaging a whopping 7.8 clearances, 5.3 aerial duels won, 2.3 interceptions and one tackle per game this season already.
The links to the club do not just stop there either with the 6 foot 4 colossus drawing comparisons to John Terry, who was an integral figure during Mourinho’s successful reigns at Chelsea.
EFL pundit Andy Hinchcliffe told Sky Sports: “You look at Ferdinand and Terry and there are elements of both in Rodon’s game – maybe John Stones as well. What I want from a centre-half is someone who loves to defend. Yes, they can play, but they don’t just like defending, they really want to defend – they want to get in the line of fire, they want to stop the opposition scoring. That’s what we see with Rodon.”
Could Levy secure his manager another Terry? It’s certainly possible as the young defender clearly has all the attributes needed to be a modern defender in the system deployed at Spurs.
His towering presence at the back would be a most welcome threat alongside Eric Dier or Toby Alderweireld.
Terry was an aggressive leader, who could also play out from the back and Mourinho would undoubtedly mould the deceptively quick central defender into the next star.
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