Tottenham are considering a move for Swansea City defender Joe Rodon. Jose Mourinho was in the market for a central defender, but failed to sign one before Monday night’s international window closed.
Spurs had been heavily linked with a move for Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar and Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, but both failed to materialise before the deadline.
Rudiger was a particularly frustrating ending after reports claimed Mourinho had held productive talks with the German international.
However, despite the international window closing, an extended domestic window means Premier League clubs can buy off EFL teams up until October 16 and Mourinho could take advantage.
Rodon was believed to be in talks with Spurs on Monday, although those reports do appear to be premature.
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It is believed there is a firm interest from Spurs, but as of yet, no firm offer has been lodged with the Championship club.
Rodon has enjoyed two excellent seasons with the Swans, since breaking into the first team in the 2018/19 campaign.
Wales manager Ryan Giggs handed Rodon his Wales debut and is a huge admirer of the 22-year-old.
In fact, the Mirror reported that the Manchester United legend advised his old teammate and Old Trafford boss, Ole Gunnar Solskajer to sanction a deal earlier this summer.
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Giggs even compared Rodon to the former Red Devils centre-back Gary Pallister.
“Joe has grown over the last year or so. He is quick. Sometimes you don’t appreciate it,” Giggs previously told The Athletic.
“It was the day after a game and we gave some players running drills, box to box. He was running with someone fast and went past them, effortlessly. I thought, ‘Oh, I hadn’t seen that .’
“It made me think a little bit of Gary Pallister. You don’t think of him as quick but when he got going at his peak, he was.
“When Pally got into the channels, no one out-ran him. So that suits the way I want to play.”
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However, Solskjaer is happy with his options at centre-back, despite watching his team concede 11 times in their opening three Premier League games.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have come in for heavy criticism in recent weeks, with Lindelof dropped for the 6-1 mauling vs Mourinho’s Spurs.
Ahead of conceding six against Spurs, Maguire said the only way for the defence to prove their detractors wrong, was to regain their form on the pitch.
“It’s quickly forgotten how many clean sheets we kept last season, I think we kept the most in Europe,” he told Sky Sports.
“We know that we want to be keeping clean sheets, we’ve kept two in the cup games., but in the Premier League, we’ve conceded five goals. We know we are going to come under scrutiny, we’re used to hat.
“The only way we can respond to it, is proving them wrong on the pitch.”
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