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Report: Tottenham in talks with rising star over new contract

Tottenham Hotspur are set to reward rising star Japhet Tanganga for his recent performances with a new contract at the Premier League club, according to the London Evening Standard.

The versatile defender has been given an opportunity in the Spurs first team by Jose Mourinho in recent months, with the 20-year-old taking it with both hands.

Tanganga has operated at both left-back and right-back, with his emergence coming at a critical time for Tottenham as some seniors players have been sidelined through injury.

The youth-team graduate’s form saw Spurs allow Danny Rose to leave North London mid-season and join Newcastle United on loan for the rest of the campaign.

The Evening Standard state that Tanganga currently earns a salary in the region of £1500 per week, but Tottenham want to increase it tenfold to £15,000 per week.

Spurs have a recent track record of trying to tie down their best players to long-term deals as Daniel Levy looks to avoid situations where stars are in the last 18 months of their contract.

Tanganga’s current contract expires in the summer of 2021, but should a new deal be agreed the club will surely look to extend that by quite a few years.

Full-back has been a position of concern for Tottenham in recent times.

At right-back, both Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier have been sold and not really been replaced, with Serge Aurier the only specialist in this role at the North London club after Kyle Walker-Peters was farmed out on loan to Southampton in January.

At left-back, Rose’s departure and Ben Davies’ injury have left Tanganga and youngster Ryan Sessegnon as Spurs’ only options.

Tottenham fans have an affinity with players that have come through their youth system and the potential commitment of Tanganga to staying in North London will be music to their ears.

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