5pm Tottenham transfer news LIVE: Max Aarons linked, Koulibaly and Lemar negotiations, Kane torn hamstring CONFIRMED – The Sun

5pm Tottenham transfer news LIVE: Max Aarons linked, Koulibaly and Lemar negotiations, Kane torn hamstring CONFIRMED – The Sun

TOTTENHAM are looking to freshen up their squad in January with a couple of big names.

Talks have reportedly begun with Thomas Lemar as a potential replacement for Christian Eriksen.

And Spurs are also being linked with long-term Jose Mourinho transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly.

Follow all the latest news, updates and gossip from North London below…

  • NAPOLI and Ajax are chasing Tottenham stalwart Jan Vertonghen, according to reports.

    The 32-year-old defender has been a rock for Spurs since joining under Andre Villas-Boas in 2012.

    But with his contract expiring due to expire at the end of the season, the Belgian could be about to say goodbye to the North Londoners after nearly eight stellar years at the club.

    Sky Sports claim that Napoli are interested in securing Vertonghen's services.

    The Serie A club are likely to lose star centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly at the end of the season and believe that the Spurs defender could be the ideal experienced replacement.

  • TOTTENHAM confirmed Harry Kane suffered a torn hamstring against Southampton.

    The Spurs ace was withdrawn in the 75th minute after appearing to pull up having put the ball into the Saints net.

    But disaster struck for Jose Mourinho's side, however, as the goal was chalked off for offside – and Kane signalled that he had suffered an injury.

    Spurs have now confirmed the torn hamstring, with the striker facing a spell on the sidelines.

  • ARSENAL are ready to rival neighbours Tottenham for the signature of Norwich defender Max Aarons.

    Spurs have been active in pursuing the England under-21 internationalstar as they search for a new right back to make the position his own.

    The North London club have been in contact with Norwich and there is a belief that the relegation threatened club might even be in a position to strike a deal around £30million this month.

    That would depend on them being able keep Aarons, 19, on loan for the remainder of the campaign in an effort to help their fight to avoid the drop.

    But according to the Mail, Arsenal have now shown an interest in trying to pounce for the full-back themselves.

    They report that there are concerns over whether Hector Bellerin will ever be able to regain his best form after two years littered with injuries.

    And that has led to new manager Mikel Arteta looking around at possible options – with Aarons said to be a player who fits the mould.

  • TOTTENHAM have opened negotiations with Atletico Madrid for the signing of Thomas Lemar, according to reports.

    Once a wonderkid with Monaco, the attacking midfielder's career has stalled in the Spanish capital and he has made just nine La Liga starts this season.

    But Lemar's talent is not in doubt and Spurs are leading the race for his signature according to Foot Mercato, with Arsenal also maintaining an interest.

    However the sticking point is Atleti's asking price, with Diego Simeone's men keen to recoup the £61m they spent on him the summer.

    The valuation is currently out of the price range of Spurs, who would prefer an initial loan deal.

  • KALIDOU KOULIBALY is in the sights of London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea, according to reports.

    The Napoli star has been on the wanted list of a string of Premier League clubs over the past two years after impressing with his defensive abilities.

    The 28-year-old is regarded as one of the best defenders playing in Europe but has so far been hard to prise away from Napoli's clutches.

    But Koulibaly could now be allowed to leave the club during the transfer window amid the fall-out of the row which led to Carlo Ancelotti being sacked.

    According to a report in the local Naples publication Cirrier del Mozzogiorno, both Spurs and Chelsea have made contact with the player's representatives to discover the situation.

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