Report: Tottenham join race for highly-coveted Ligue 1 centre-back

The top goal for Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window is to acquire a new center-back, and Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo is now rumored to be on the shortlist of candidates.

Spurs had appeared to have fixed the defense problem following a dismal campaign the previous year with the summer addition of Micky van de Ven. With ease, the 22-year-old positioned himself alongside Cristian Romero in the center of the Spurs defense.

But with Romero out of commission, the Dutchman’s hamstring injury has presented Ange Postecoglou with a serious challenge.

After being brought back into the starting lineup to cover for Wolves, Eric Dier made mistakes in the loss and was benched for the match against Aston Villa. The combination of Ben Davies and Emerson Royal at full-back tells you everything you need to know about Spurs’ problems.

Spurs want Todibo, but who doesn’t?

That the Lilywhites are anticipated to search for a new defender in January comes as no surprise. And now, the most recent from the Standard implies Spurs are adding their support to the list of people who like Jean-Clair Todibo.

According to the article, Spurs have made finding a new center-back their “top priority” and are “desperate” to strengthen their defense in January.

Todibo, who is reportedly “keen to move to the Premier League,” is reportedly targeting a spot in France’s Euro 2024 squad. However, he will seek “reassurances” about how much game time he would receive at any potential club.

The 23-year-old is believed to be “available for around £39m” and has been drawing interest from teams like Manchester United and Liverpool for some time.

In addition to “some of the best clubs in Europe,” Spurs are “ready to rival” anyone pursuing Todibo.

Excellent center-half Jean-Clair Todibo would provide a little different option than Romero and van de Ven. For a young player like this, £39 million is a great deal, but I have a suspicion that the fierce competition for his services will drive that cost much higher.

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