Tottenham have reached a full agreement with Genoa to sign defender Radu Dragusin with Djed Spence heading in the other direction, according to reports. Spurs’ proposed long-term contract could see the Romanian follow Timo Werner to north London, with both deals on the brink of completion, but Bayern Munich may still have a say in race for Dragusin.
A defensive injury crisis has seen Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou field full-backs Ben Davies and Emerson Royal in central defence over the past few weeks. Youngster Ashley Phillips joined Plymouth Argyle on loan for the rest of the season on Monday, while Eric Dier is widely expected to leave the club before the end of the month.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has therefore set about finding replacements, and negotiations for Dragusin have progressed quickly. According to Sky Germany, a full agreement has been reached with Genoa over an initial £21.5million fee plus add-ons.
Furthermore, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that Tottenham outcast Djed Spence will head the other way on loan. Spence was recently recalled from a temporary spell at Leeds United due to alleged attitude problems.
And with little appetite to integrate him into the Postecoglou’s starting XI, Levy is reported to be keen on shifting the right-back this winter. If the move goes ahead, it will be Spence’s third loan spell since arriving in north London 18 months ago.
The move is not yet cut and shut, with Bayern still lurking in the background and threatening to lodge their own bid for Dragusin. The German giants can’t hang around, however, with Spurs and Genoa pressing ahead at a rapid pace.
Dragusin, 21, rose through the ranks with Juventus before joining Genoa in 2022 on an initial loan deal which was subsequently made permanent. The towering 6ft 3in centre-back has taken the step up to regular Serie A football in his stride this campaign.
Already a senior Romanian international, Dragusin could find himself in competition with Postecoglou’s current crop of central defenders. Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven may prove difficult to displace when available, but both players have missed matches due to injury or suspension this term.
Spurs’ January transfer window is already taking shape, with Werner believed to be in London on Monday night to complete his switch from RB Leipzig. The former Chelsea striker is poised to join on an initial loan with a modest £15.5m option to buy in the summer.
There is plenty left to do for Levy and Postecoglou, who waved goodbye to Hugo Lloris once the window opened, as they look to plug the gaps left by a wave of injury issues this season.
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