Tottenham Hotspur are accelerating their efforts to bolster their defensive ranks with Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo firmly on their radar.
According to the Daily Mail, Spurs are in talks with their London counterparts over a potential swap deal that would see Eric Dier move in the opposite direction.
The England international was a familiar face in the Tottenham squad during pre-season but is yet to make his competitive debut in the Ange Postecoglou era.
Dier’s absence from Tottenham’s opening three games of the 2023/24 campaign has led to speculation over his future with less than a week until the transfer window closes.
Postecoglou is keen for the transfer team to reduce the size of the squad, and Dier could be heading for the exit door before the window slams shut.
He may not have to leave London entirely, assuming Dier and Fulham are open to the idea of a swap deal.
The Cottagers have begun entertaining the idea that Adarabioyo could leave the club before Friday’s transfer deadline after failing to pen a new deal at Craven Cottage.
With just one year remaining on his agreement with Fulham, they are prepared to sanction his exit this summer rather than lose him for nothing next year.
Adarabioyo is subject to substantial interest from several European clubs, but Tottenham are considered frontrunners, especially with Dier now in the fray.
The Ligue 1 club have already seen an opening bid worth around £5 million rejected by Fulham, who value the defender much higher.
They are expected to return with a better offer once they have finalised the signing of Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun, having agreed an initial £35m deal for the free-scoring centre-forward.
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