After missing out on Hull defender Harry Maguire, who has joined Leicester City for £17m, Tottenham are now eyeing Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.
According to Daily Mail, Pochettino has turned his attention to the 27 year-old with Harry Maguire rejecting Tottenham, feeling he would not get as much first team chances as he’d like.
After a successful campaign last season, many Spurs fans felt the club lacked depth as they fell short of the Premier League title once more. Pochettino wants another centre half to complement Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen as he eyes 3 at the back next season.
The English defender has been made available after Manchester United brought Victor Lindelof for £31 million. However, Smalling could be used as a makeweight in a deal for Jose Mourinho target Eric Dier, who is valued at £50 million by Tottenham.
Tottenham are targeting other centre halves such as Ajax defender, Joel Veltman, who is valued at £8 million and other English defenders Alfie Mawson, Michael Keane and Ben Gibson.
Chris Smalling joined Manchester United in 2010 from Fulham, failing to make an impact under Sir Alex Ferguson but then succeeding under Louis Van Gaal managing to be a regular for the England national team.