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Teenage star, £51m transfer - Ange Postecoglou's options ahead of new Tottenham centre-back move

Goncalo Inacio has been linked with a Premier League move this summer
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Tottenham were fast movers in the summer transfer market 12 months ago and all connected with the club will be hoping that is the case once again this time around. Spurs have already added to their squad for the 2024/25 campaign with Timo Werner re-signing on a season-long loan deal after catching the eye in his initial loan move from RB Leipzig.

More needs to be done in the attacking areas before the summer transfer deadline, with defence another area to strengthen despite a number of moves in the position in the past two transfer windows. Speaking in April, Ange Postecoglou admitted that a signing a new centre-back is on the cards this summer.

"If you’re saying 'is it an area we can strengthen?' Yes it’s an area we will probably look at," he said. "With all these things it’s about trying to strengthen the group as much as anything else.

"If you think about when I first arrived, we had maybe six or seven centre-backs at the club. So it’s not just numbers. It's more about the ability of those players to play the football we want and to fit in to what we're trying to build here. I think it is an area of the park we will look to strengthen."

The addition of a left-sided centre-back would certainly help Tottenham out when it comes to providing cover for Micky van de Ven. Although Radu Dragusin did prove to be a hit in the position when playing there in Tottenham's final three games of the season with Van de Ven operating at left-back, the January signing is naturally right-sided and signing a left-footed player would give Spurs more balance in the backline.

So who exactly could Tottenham potentially look at when it comes to signing a new centre-back? football.london takes a look at six options below.

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Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton)

Jarrad Branthwaite enjoyed a fine season at Everton and could potentially be in line for a spot in Gareth Southgate's final 26-man England squad for Euro 2024. Following such an impressive loan spell in the Netherlands with PSV, the youngster became a permanent fixture in Sean Dyche's XI and delivered some towering performances.

Due to Everton's current financial situation, Branthwaite has been heavily linked with a move elsewhere to help the Toffees bring in some vital funds. Reports suggest that Everton will demand £80million for their star defender, who signed a contract with the Merseyside club until the summer of 2027 back in October.

As good as an addition he would be for Tottenham due to his defensive attributes and quality on the ball, a move could be too pricey as he may not even be a regular starter with Van de Ven already at the club. That money would be perhaps better utilised elsewhere unless Daniel Levy and Spurs could strike a much better deal for the England international.

Murillo (Nottingham Forest)

A cheaper alternative to Branthwaite would be Murillo from Nottingham Forest. Only moving to the City Ground last August, the Brazilian proved to be an instant hit at Forest and made 36 appearances in all competitions for Nuno Espirito Santo's men.

A powerful defender who is very good on the ball and can pick out a pass, a number of clubs will be keeping tabs on the 21-year-old this summer as a move to a bigger club looks inevitable at some point. Murillo may have scored an own goal in the meeting between Tottenham and Nottingham Forest in April but he also wasn't far off scoring a stunning goal himself after almost catching Guglielmo Vicario out with an effort from inside his own half.

Jean-Clair Todibo (Nice)

Prior to Dragusin's transfer to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Lilywhites had held talks over a potential move for Jean-Clair Todibo of Nice. Linked with a Premier League move for some time, it was no surprise to see why Spurs were keen on the Frenchman due to his defensive qualities and his ability when it comes to passing and carrying the ball.

After seeing a January move to Spurs not come to fruition, Todibo remained with Nice and continued to be a key figure at the back for them as they clinched a Europa League berth. The 24-year-old perhaps isn't the perfect Van de Ven replacement as he is a right-footed defender but he would be a good acquisition for Tottenham due to what he can offer.

Goncalo Inacio (Sporting CP)

Goncalo Inacio will be in the headlines this summer after making quite the name for himself at Sporting CP. The 22-year-old made his international debut for Portugal one year ago and now he is part of Roberto Martinez's squad for Euro 2024 in Germany.

Manchester United have been linked with the left-sided defender this summer and it's not hard to see why given he is very good at playing out from the back and a competent dribbler. The youngster has a €60million (£51million) release clause in his contract.

Jorrel Hato (Ajax)

Jorrel Hato may have only signed a contract extension with Ajax in March but that hasn't stopped talk of a move away from the Johan Cruijff ArenA this summer. Arsenal have been heavily linked with the 18-year-old player as Mikel Arteta looks to add even more quality in defence.

Playing 46 games in all competitions for Ajax last term, the Rotterdam-born ace played the vast majority of his football at centre-back but he also operated as a left-back on ten occasions. Valued at £25.5million by Transfermarkt, Hato has all the attributes to be a world-class defender and looks to be an ideal player for Postecoglou's system.

Jacob Greaves (Hull City)

Tottenham signed one of the Championship's hottest prospects last August after clinching the signing of Ashley Phillips from Blackburn Rovers. If Spurs want to take a look at England's second tier once again, Jacob Greaves of Hull City could be a good centre-back option.

Everton and West Ham have been linked with the £15million-rated defender and Hull may do well to keep hold of him ahead of the 2024/25 campaign. The 23-year-old is a left-sided centre-back who is very good on the ball and he even managed to contribute with two goals and four assists last campaign even though the vast majority of his football came at the heart of defence.

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