Tottenham Hotspur are seeking a deal to bring Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels to North London if he leaves the German champions in January, reports German newspaper TZ.
The European report claims that Spurs have already been in touch with Hummels’ representatives.
The Germany international made a big-money switch from Borussia Dortmund to return to Bayern, where he began as a professional, in 2016, but having spent his entire career at home, may feel the time is right for a new challenge.
Hummels has a contract until the end of 2021 but is reportedly unhappy at a lack of playing time under new boss Niko Kovac.
The report claims he could leave in January – especially if Bayern sign Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid – and as well as interest from Tottenham, Chelsea are also rumoured to be monitoring his situation.
Were Spurs to sign the 30-year-old he would add an enormous amount to their squad given his pedigree as a multiple Bundesliga winner and part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad.
Tottenham may also see him as not only a potential replacement for Toby Alderweireld, who is expected to leave the club in the near future, but an improvement.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino must be giving some thought to bolstering his defence given the amount of injury problems and suspensions he currently has to deal with.
Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen were unavailable for Tottenham’s Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Arsenal in midweek.
However, Pochettino maintains he does not have money to spend in January so even if he is interested in bringing Hummels to Spurs, he will likely have to sell first.
Furthermore, any potential deal for the German could hinge on exactly how Tottenham manage to resolve Alderweireld’s situation.