Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal to sign Genoa centre-back Koray Gunter for around £15 million, according to Turkish website Fanatik.
The Germany Under-20 international is a former Borussia Dortmund youth player and he has also spent time in Turkey with Galatasary.
Gunter moved to Italian side Genoa this summer on a free transfer and has started their last two Serie A matches, impressing against both Milan clubs.
He has made two other starts – one in the midfield – and three substitute appearances for his new side.
Other clubs have reportedly shown interest in the 24-year-old, including AC Milan, but Spurs appear to be in the driving seat.
Tottenham were interested in signing Gunter in the summer before he made the switch to Italy following his release from Galatasary.
And with Toby Alderweireld’s future in North London still uncertain and Jan Vertonghen currently out injured, manager Mauricio Pochettino is understandably keen to bolster his defensive options.
Both Belgium internationals are moving towards the latter stages of their careers with Spurs currently fielding a younger centre-back pairing of Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez.
Gunter has a contract with Genoa until 2021, so a significant transfer fee is likely to change hands if a deal is agreed – reports estimate it will be in the region of £15 million.
No timeline for a potential deal was mentioned, although it would seem most likely that the transfer would be completed in the summer unless Spurs see a reason to push for a deal in January.
Gunter represented Turkey at Under-16 level before choosing to represent Germany, for whom he has played at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20 level.
He is capable of also playing at right-back and as a defensive midfielder, with his versatility likely another quality that makes him an attractive option for Spurs.