Date: 4th July 2019 at 8:25am
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Tottenham Hotspur appear to have lost out to Olympique de Lyonnais in the pursuit of one of our alleged transfer targets this summer.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Ligue One side have completed a deal for Joachim Andersen for around €30million (£26.9m).

It would seem Lyon have used some of the funds we provided them with for the sale of Tanguy Ndombele just days ago and have pinched one of our targets from under our noses.

The Evening Standard claimed last month that we were tracking the 23-year-old Dane ahead of a possible move, however, we were delaying any approach for the centre-back until the future of Toby Alderweireld was sorted.

However, those hesitations appear to have cost us dearly now. Should the Belgium international have his release clause met and decide it is time to move on, then our main defensive replacement is no longer available.

We previously wrote an article here on Vital Spurs stating that Andersen would have been the perfect replacement for the 30-year-old.

The 23-year-old is comfortable with the ball and is able to make some excellent passes from out the back, which would clearly suit our style of play. He has the speed and aerial ability that makes him an excellent modern-day defender.

In his 32 Serie A appearances, the former Sampdoria enforcer managed to average 1.3 tackles per game and make 1.1 interceptions (WhoScored), making him look an exciting prospect for the future and one that appeared to have all the tools to succeed.

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