It certainly would not be out of the question if Tottenham Hotspur were in the market for a new full-back this summer.
Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier certainly have not had the best of times recently and their futures are currently up in the air (Standard).
And, according to a report by Sky Sports, it seems Olympique de Marseille’s Hiroki Sakai is one man that is on our radar to potentially replace them.
It is claimed that because of his age, 29, the club already have concerns about him and could look to target him should we fail with any of our other targets, however, the Japan international is certainly a player we could benefit from having in our squad.
Predominantly a right-back, Sakai can also play on the left-hand side of the defence comfortably and proved it with his performances for the Ligue 1 outfit – he made 22 appearances in his favoured position, whilst he made a further on the left (WhoScored).
He might not be of the age that Spurs are looking at, but he would still someone that Mauricio Pochettino would benefit having in his side, especially with the versatility that he offers.
The 29-year-old has plenty of experience of playing in European football already with his spell at Hamburg as well as Marseille, which would surely fit the mould of players we are looking to bring into the club.
Admittedly, Sakai is hardly the statement signing we are all waiting for Daniel Levy to acquire us and take us to the next level, however, the Japanese defender is someone who would be a solid acquisition for us.