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Tottenham sent scouts to watch Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard last weekend, according to reports in Germany.

The 21-year-old Frenchman joined Stuttgart from Lille in the summer of 2016.

He has made over 40 appearances for the Bundesliga side, and his current contract runs until the summer of 2021.

Pavard, who has also earned two caps for the senior France national side, is now beginning to attract interest from big clubs around Europe.

According to German newspaper Bild, Mauricio Pochettino sent scouts to watch Pavard in Stuttgart’s league meeting with Koln last Sunday.

The defender is primarily a centre-back, but can also play at right-back or in a defensive midfield role.

Bild claims he is currently valued at around £12 million. However, that figure could rise if Pavard continues to put in good performances in the Bundesliga.

Tottenham continue to be linked with centre-backs, primarily because of Toby Alderweireld’s contract situation.

The Belgian could leave this summer if an agreement over a new deal isn’t reached.

Spurs are also said to be interested in Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah.

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