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Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou ‘returns for Celtic target’ who played for Pep Guardiola | Football | Sport

Tottenham Hotspur boss Ange Postecoglou is set to go back in for Borussia Monchengladbach centre-back Ko Itakura after pursuing his signature to no avail during his time at Celtic. The Japanese international was previously on the books at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola but he didn’t make a single appearance for the Sky Blues during his three-year stint at the Etihad Stadium.

Instead, he was loaned out to FC Groningen and Schalke before eventually completing a permanent switch to Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee of around £4.3million in the summer of 2022. He has hit the ground running at Borussia-Park and has been especially impressive this season, recently winning the club’s Player of the Month for August.

His stunning displays have reportedly caught the attention of both Tottenham and Liverpool. According to Sky Sports Germany, Itakura could leave the German giants in 2024 with Postecoglou said to be monitoring the player after failing to sign him in 2021 and 2022 for Celtic.

However, it seems a summer swoop may be more favourable for the north Londoners when his release clause, set at around £13m, comes into play. Spurs have only just signed Radu Dragusin from Genoa for £25.8m but require further reinforcements at the heart of their defence.

Cristian Romero, Micky van de Ven and Dragusin are the only natural centre-backs that can be called upon following the departure of Eric Dier to Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, Ben Davies, who has been filling in as a make-shift centre half, is out until next month with a hamstring injury.

This comes shortly after van de Ven and Romero recovered from hamstring injuries of their own. Elsewhere, loanee Japhet Tanganga was recently recalled from Augsburg having failed to make a single appearance for the Bundesliga side.

He is now joining Championship outfit Millwall on loan until the end of the season. The 24-year-old has one year remaining on his contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and is expected to depart permanently before then.

On top of all of this, there is Romero’s poor disciplinary record to be taken into account. The Argentina international is on the verge of a one-match suspension if he picks up another yellow card while he has already received a three-match ban due to foul play during Spurs’ 4-1 loss to Chelsea in November.

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