Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen and scouted him playing against Genoa at the weekend, reports Sky Sports.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is on the lookout for central defenders with the club bracing itself should they lose Toby Alderweireld in the summer.

The Belgian has a £25 million release fee in his Tottenham contract after signing a one-year extension earlier this year.

Andersen, a Denmark Under-21 international, has already been linked with a move to Inter, according to a Gazetta dello Sport report cited by Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old switched to Sampdoria from FC Twente in the Netherlands in August 2017 having begun his career with Midtjylland in his native country.

Andersen has played 31 times for the Italians in Serie A this season, helping the club to ninth place in the table.

He has a contract with Sampdoria until 2022 but if other reports linking him with Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United are correct, it seems likely that he will soon move on.

The Independent claims he would cost Spurs – or any other suitor – around £35 million – money which the North London club would be able to raise if Alderweireld departs.

Andersen has exhibited his skills as a ball-playing defender after being given his chance in the first team this season, which is all the more impressive given he stands 6ft 2in tall.

If Spurs did send scouts to watch him in action last night, they may have been impressed with what they saw as the Dane helped his side seal a 2-0 win away at Genoa.

Andersen played the full 90 minutes and it was the ninth time this season he and his defence kept a clean sheet.

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