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Tottenham double deal: Ange Postecoglou goes all in on colossal centre-back duo as trio tipped for axe

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Tottenham could yet sign both Micky van de Ven and Edmond Tapsoba to bolster Ange Postecoglou’s troublesome back line, although three players will have to be offloaded first, according to a fresh report on Friday.

The new Spurs chief got a first look at this side in action on Tuesday and while he would have liked what he saw from an attacking standpoint against West Ham in Perth, defensively his side were still all at sea.

Tottenham conceded two goals from set-pieces in the first half, while the West Ham winner came from them being slack in possession in midfield.

While Cristian Romero looked fairly assured, Japhet Tanganga was a bag of nerves at times and gave the ball away on numerous occasions. And while Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies faired better in the second period, Postecoglou has already admitted that he needs to bring in at least one new centre-back this summer.

But, according to Football London, there remains a chance that Spurs could still land both of their top targets in Edmond Tapsoba and Micky van de Ven.

The report states that the club have not ruled out the possibility of signing both, although that could cost them as much as £65million so funds will need to come in first.

Both Van de Ven and Tapsoba excelled in Germany last season and are renowned for their pace and ability in the air.

And while transfer insider Fabrizio Romano indicated earlier in July that Tottenham’s plan was to sign just one of them rather than both, it appears that may no longer be the case.

However, exits are expected first and Football London adds that the club are looking for takers for Sanchez, Tanganga and Joe Rodon.

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Postecoglou still working on his best pairing

Spurs are currently transitioning from a back three under Antonio Conte to a four with Postecoglou at the helm, so it that regard there is a need for more quality centre-back numbers rather than quantity.

Ben Davies also the ability to play centrally as well as out wide, which still makes him a valuable asset.

However, bringing in Van de Ven and Tapsoba would give the club a massive lift, with the duo potentially becoming the club’s new centre-back pairing for the next five or six years.

Tottenham are back in pre-season action on Sunday when they take on Leicester City on their Asia tour

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