Tottenham chief Daniel Levy eyes bargain signing to boost Nuno Espirito Santos defence

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Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is reportedly eyeing a bargain signing to strengthen Nuno Espirito Santo’s defence. The north London club sit top of the Premier League table after winning their opening three games.

Levy wrapped up his productive summer in the transfer market with the signing of Barcelona’s Emerson Royal on deadline day.

The club had already signed Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta, as well as Sevilla’s Bryan Gil and Metz’s Pape Matar Sarr.

And Levy is now thought to be keen on taking Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger to Tottenham.

The centre-back hasn’t missed a minute of action for the Blues this season. He has been named in Chelsea’s backline for all three of their Premier League games and also starred in his side’s UEFA Super Cup final victory against Villarreal.

Rudiger has become a key player under compatriot Thomas Tuchel after dropping out of favour during Frank Lampard’s spell in charge.

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But the 28-year-old is in the final year of his contract in west London and hasn’t been able to thrash out a new deal yet. He will be free to talk to other clubs in January.

Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez have started the season at the heart of Spurs’ defence, with the former being nominated for the Premier League player of the month for August.

Summer signing Romero was voted Serie A’s best defender last season and will be expecting to force his way into the Tottenham defence in the coming weeks.

But he may find it tougher than he first imagined after he chagrined club bosses by going against their wishes to join up with the Argentina squad for last weekend’s ill-fated World Cup qualifier in Brazil.

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If Levy can persuade Rudiger to move across the capital, it will give Tottenham far more depth in a position where they have struggled in recent seasons.

Chelsea, meanwhile, may be willing to allow Rudiger to run his contract down and depart for free if they can finally agree a deal to bring long-term target Jules Kounde to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues chased the defender all summer and are still keen to land their man when the transfer window reopens in January, according to ESPN.

Sevilla maintained their hard stance over Kounde during the summer and were unwilling to allow him to leave for anything less than his £68million release clause.

The 22-year-old had apparently already agreed the framework a four or five-year contract at Chelsea and is thought to be desperate to move to England.

Chelsea want Sevilla to lower their asking price to £42.7m and, if the Spanish club are willing to do that, fans could well see Kounde turning out in the Premier League in the New Year.

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