‘Postecoglou’s first proper signing’ – Tottenham set to move for London rivals’ centre-back

Tottenham are considering acquiring a defensive reinforcement from another London club as Ange Postecoglou’s first official signing for the club, writes the FourFourTwo.

Spurs have already announced the permanent signing of Dejan Kulusevski, following his 18-month loan spell. The terms of the deal had to be negotiated since the buy clause couldn’t be activated due to Tottenham’s failure to qualify for European competition next season. However, since Kulusevski was originally signed by Antonio Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici, he doesn’t necessarily count as Postecoglou’s inaugural signing.

The Australian manager is now focused on strengthening the team’s backline ahead of the upcoming season. Sky Sports reports that Tottenham is exploring a potential deal for Fulham center-back Tosin Adarabioyo. Adarabioyo’s contract is set to expire in 2024, but Fulham extended it by a year to avoid losing him on a free transfer this summer. Under Marco Silva, Tim Ream and Issa Diop have been the preferred choices in the center of Fulham’s defense.

Tottenham could face the departure of Davinson Sanchez this summer, as the Colombian is likely to leave after becoming the club’s record signing six years ago. Additionally, loaned player Clement Lenglet is expected to return to Barcelona, and there is speculation regarding Eric Dier’s future. Postecoglou utilized a back four formation during his time at Celtic and may opt for a similar approach at Spurs, despite the team’s recent focus on Antonio Conte’s preferred back three system.