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Nottingham Forest interested in Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga

Nottingham Forest are considering a move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Japhet Tanganga, reports The Athletic.

Tanganga broke into the Tottenham first team back in 2019, making his professional debut in a Carabao Cup tie against Colchester United. A few months later, he signed a long-term contract at the north London club, which expires in 2025.

The 23-year-old is known as a versatile player, having lined up as a centre-back and a right-back for the Lilywhites. However, he has struggled to maintain a place in the starting XI, making just 23 Premier League appearances in three seasons.

With the arrivals of Djed Spence and Clement Lenglet this summer, Tanganga is likely to fall even further down the pecking order at Spurs. He is yet to make an appearance this season, remaining as an unused substitute in his side’s clashes with Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

AC Milan have been linked with a loan deal for the defender. They could face some competition, as The Athletic writes that Nottingham Forest are also interested in taking him on a permanent basis. It is believed that Tottenham would demand a fee of around £17 million.

The Reds are looking to bring in a new centre-back before the end of the transfer window, following an injury to new recruit Moussa Niakhate. The Frenchman – who signed from Mainz last month – suffered a hamstring problem which is expected to keep him sidelined for a minimum of two months.

Should Tanganga arrive, he would become the latest signing in a hectic summer at the City Ground. Forest have brought in a staggering 16 new players this summer, totalling at least £120m.

It’s been a mixed start to the new campaign for Steve Cooper’s men. They were defeated in their opener against Newcastle United, but have since picked up four points from two outings against West Ham United and Everton.

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