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Tottenham ‘close to signing German U21 star Jeremy Toljan’ from Bundesliga’s Hoffenheim

The 22-year-old helped Germany win the Under-21 Euros last month

Tottenham are close to making an actual, real transfer by closing in on German Under-21 star Jeremy Toljan, according to reports.

The 22-year-old Hoffenheim defender, who can play either full-back position, has just a year left on his deal with the Bundesliga club.

Tottenham are said to be close to a deal for Hoffenheim full back Jeremy Toljan

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Tottenham are said to be close to a deal for Hoffenheim full back Jeremy Toljan

The highly-rated youngster helped Germany win the U21 Euros last month

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The highly-rated youngster helped Germany win the U21 Euros last month

Spurs have faced criticism from some of their fans this summer over a lack of transfer activity.

They are the only Premier League team yet to make a first-team addition to their squad, despite their rivals spending hundreds of millions.

But according to Portuguese newspaper Record Sport, they are set to beat Benfica to the highly-rated youngster.

The Eagles are said to have given up the chase for Toljan, knowing they can’t compete financially with Spurs.


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Toljan, who made his debut for Hoffenheim aged 18 in 2013, is tipped as a future star for the German national team.

He has been capped at every level from Under-17 to U21 – helping that side win the U21 Euros last month.

The athletic Toljan, who stands 6ft tall, had been linked with Chelsea and Napoli earlier this year.

Right-footed, Toljan has spent much of his career playing as a left-back, but he is expected to compete with Kieran Trippier for the right-back berth if he moves to north London.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is yet to bring in any new players

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is yet to bring in any new players

Kyle Walker was sold to Man City for a record fee for a defender

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Kyle Walker was sold to Man City for a record fee for a defender

Mauricio Pochettino is seeking another defender after the blockbuster sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City last week.

The England defender was sold for a fee that could rise to £53million – making him the most expensive defender of all time.

Tottenham continue to be linked with Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier and Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, while £30million flop Moussa Sissoko could be sold.


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