Bayer Leverkusen are interested in signing Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, according to reports in Germany.

Vertonghen has been left out of the Spurs line-up under mysterious circumstances so far this term. After a ropey pre-season, the Belgian has been accused of lacking fitness, while there have also been suggestions of a falling out with Mauricio Pochettino.

In any case, Davinson Sanchez has been starting ahead of Vertonghen, playing next to Toby Alderweireld in Premier League games against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Newcastle United.

And now, German outlet Kicker claims Vertonghen is being targeted by Bundesliga side Leverkusen. The 32-year-old has just one year left on his Tottenham contract and has spoken in the past of his willingness to stay at the club beyond the expiry of his current deal.

But Kicker believes it is ‘quite possible’ Vertonghen will be playing for Leverkusen in the near future as uncertainty around his Spurs future refuses to go away.

It will be interesting to see if the former Ajax centre-back returns to the starting XI for Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal, particularly after Sanchez was caught out of position for Newcastle’s goal last weekend.

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  1. Far happier with Verts in the back four than Sanchez. Although Sanchez much quicker, his positional sense is lacking and, after 2 seasons, doesn’t seem to get any better. Let’s hope Verts stays and plays on Sunday.

  2. I agree with h20poloman, Sanchez still looks raw and I’m not at all convinced by him, Spurs need Vertonghen, not just his ability but the influence he has over the team and the leadership he brings.

  3. This is beginning to look worrying, all I read is about good players leaving. And as usual poor replacements coming out of the lesser talents group to replace them.
    Who is our right back for instance?


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