Tottenham would like a bargain of just £8.75m for Japhet Tanganga ahead of the January window, a player Aston Villa were eyeing this summer – and Unai Emery is expected to reignite that interest and bring him to Villa.
Tanganga, 23, is struggling to earn playing time at Spurs under Antonio Conte. Having broken into the team under Jose Mourinho and playing regularly under Nuno Espirito Santo, he is now seen as an outcast following Conte’s arrival.
This season, the versatile defender has only managed one appearance – as a substitute against Marseille. Italian outlet CMW claim that Milan want to sign the defender. Spurs are asking for a bargain fee of just £8.75m.
In the summer, Tanganga’s name was linked with a number of Premier League clubs. Italian journalist Gianluca Longari even reported towards the end of the summer window that Villa had made contact for a deal.
Tottenham want £8.75m for Tanganga: Emery set to bring him to Villa
The villa needs defensive additions. By joining the club, Emery will have made it clear to the Villa board that defenders will play a key role in the January window. In other words, with Diego Carlos currently sidelined with a long-term ankle injury.
The club have signed Jan Bednarek from Southampton, but he is not the answer. Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa have shown poor form at times this season. Calum Chambers is a good option – but as a team player.
Villa lack cover for Matty Cash and therefore need to be reinforced in the middle of defence. But after spending a lot of money on Carlos in the summer, money could be tight in January. So Tanganga is what Villa needs.
A player who offers cover on the right improves his options in the middle. A homegrown player at a young age, proven in the Premier League – all for a bargain of less than £10million. This should be obvious to Emery.
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