Tottenham Hotspur have identified Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia as one of their main targets this summer, according to Sky Sports.
Spurs head scout Steve Hitchen rates the 27 year old very highly and has been monitoring him for a long time now, the report suggests.
It adds that Tottenham had looked at Kondogbia as a possible replacement for Mousa Dembele at Hitchen’s recommendation.
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is in desperate need of reinforcements with his side struggling to perform consistently this season.
Cracks have appeared all across the squad for Mourinho with the club in eighth place in the Premier League and having been knocked out of all domestic and continental cup competitions.
The Tottenham boss has no fit senior strikers, an ageing defence, and a goalkeeping conundrum – but he has seemingly identified the defensive midfield role as key to reversing the fortunes of the side.
Kondogbia has played 24 times for Valencia this season, scoring twice.
However, Tottenham could have to make a decision based on what they have seen with football across Europe’s top leagues suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kondogbia joined Valencia in 2018 and helped the club to a fourth-placed finish in La Liga and came off the bench in their Copa Del Rey final win over Barcelona last season.
The former French international (now playing for the Central African Republic) has two years left on his contract at the Mestalla meaning that Valencia could be tempted to cash in on him to prevent Kondogbia entering his contract’s final few months and risk losing him for a lower price.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will be cautious over spending big for a defensive midfielder with the club’s record signing Tanguy N’dombele struggling in the Premier League and most recently, being hooked at half time by Mourinho against Burnley.