Spurs are continuing their bid to bring Joachim Andersen to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by French media outlet Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness), who claim that both Spurs and Manchester United are keeping an eye on the situation of the Olympique Lyon centre-back ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window.
Sport Witness report that, as a result of Jules Kounde’s apparent reluctance to make a switch to north London this summer, Fabio Paratici could turn his attention to the Denmark international, for whom Lyon are believed to be demanding a fee of around €30m (£25.6m) in order to part with this summer.
While missing out on a player of Kounde’s ability is sure to be a disappointment for supporters, the fact that their club are targeting Andersen as a backup option for the Frenchman is something that should have them buzzing.
Indeed, over his 31 Premier League appearances while on loan at Fulham last season, the £19.8m-rated man helped his side keep nine clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.1 tackles, 4.8 clearances and winning five duels per game.
The 25-year-old also impressed in an attacking capacity for Scott Parker’s side, scoring one goal and registering one assist, as well as taking an average of 0.4 shots and making 0.3 key passes per game.
These returns saw the man Tony Gale dubbed a “sensational” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.93, ranking him as the Cottagers’ joint seventh-best performer in the top flight of English football.
As such, if a move for Kounde really is off of the table for Spurs this summer, the £55k-per-week Dane would very much appear to be a fantastic fallback option for Paratici. The centre-back would represent both a cheaper and more Premier League-ready option than the Sevilla star.