Tottenham’s potential signing of Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld could be blocked by Southampton, who are threatening legal action should the Belgian move to White Hart Lane, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Mirror report that the south coast club – who had the 26-year-old on loan last season – had a deal in place with the La Liga side that would see Alderweireld move to St Mary’s permanently for £6.8m. However, Atleti had an option in the contract that allowed them to cancel the future fee clause for £1.5m.
Having watched the former Ajax man shine at the heart of Ronald Koeman’s defence last season, Tottenham developed an interest, with the Mirror reporting that Daniel Levy flew to Spain over the weekend to agree an £11.5m deal.
However, the Mirror suggest that Southampton have been left considering their options in the wake of a fee being agreed between their Premier League rivals and Alderweireld’s parent club, as they are certain that Diego Simeone’s men have missed the deadline to prevent the Saints completing a deal for the original price.
The club’s head of football development Les Reed is set to fly out to the Spanish capital later this week to try and resolve the situation, the Mirror report.
While the defender would be a massive addition to both sides – having formed a solid partnership with Saints’ Jose Fonte last season and Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen at international level – this transfer saga is likely to prove detrimental to both sides’ aspirations of building upon last campaign, where they both qualified for the Europa League.
Should either miss out on the player, they will have to work quickly to sign other targets with pre-season friendlies on the horizon.
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