Tottenham Hotspur are in advanced talks with youngster Japhet Tanganga over a new contract to keep the rising star in North London according to Football Insider.

The 20-year-old has broken into the Spurs first-team this season and been given opportunities following the arrival of Jose Mourinho as manager.

The report claims that Tanganga rejected an offer from Tottenham last November whilst he was with the club’s U-23 side and pushing for a first-team opportunity.

The Englishman’s contract with Spurs was initially due to expire this summer but Mourinho’s men have since activated a clause in the deal that will allow him to stay on for a further 12 months, until the summer of 2021.

Tanganga is a highly-rated young talent and Tottenham must do all that they can to secure his services for the club on a long-term basis.

Whilst he is predominantly a centre-back, he is a versatile player who can also slot into the full-back positions.

Defence has been a point of concern for Spurs over the last 12 months.

The Tottenham rearguard has been shaky this season and both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are well over 30.

Spurs will likely need to find new defensive combinations ahead of next season if they are to challenge for major silverware.

Tanganga has done well since breaking into the first-team earlier this year and he has showed signs that he can go on to become an important player for the club.

Spurs also present him with a good platform to nurture his talent.

He should be aiming to become a first-team regular next season.

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