Date: 25th June 2023 at 4:42pm
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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with several players in recent weeks, as new manager Ange Postecoglou looks to mould his squad. 

Spurs will be without European football next term following an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League, with Antonio Conte, Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason all taking charge of the club at different stages.

Former Celtic boss Postecoglou was named as Conte’s permanent successor last month, and the Australian will waste no time in fine tuning his squad ahead of the new season.

Defence will undoubtedly be one area that Postecoglou will want to improve, with Spurs letting in far too many goals last season.

The north Londoners conceded 63 goals last season in the Premier League, which Postecoglou will be desperate to try and fix ahead of the new campaign.

Therefore, the Lilywhites are planning to target central defenders that they can bring to the capital this summer, and it appears that they have identified one target.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Spurs have included VfL Wolfsburg defender Micky van de Ven to their shortlist of targets.

The report claims that Tottenham are keeping tabs on both the Van de Ven and Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba in this window.

Micky van de Ven is one of Spurs’ top targets for this summer

The Lilywhites have reportedly started talks with the Dutchman’s representatives ahead of a potential move.

Van de Ven, 22, joined VfL Wolfsburg from Dutch side FC Volendam in August 2021 and has since established himself as a regular starter at the Volkswagen Arena.

The former Netherlands under-21 international had an impressive campaign in the Bundesliga this season as he helped his side keep 11 clean sheets in 33 appearances.

In total, Van de Ven has made 41 appearances for his current side, as well as 48 for former side Volendam.

Spurs want the left-footed defender as a replacement for Davinson Sanchez, who looks likely to leave north London in this window.

Van de Ven’s contract doesn’t expire until 2027 and is expected to cost any side at least £25 million if he is to leave Saxony this summer.

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