Levy hands Mourinho £80m to pull off eye-catching double Tottenham raid

Tottenham are considering a double summer raid of Norwich for full-back Max Aarons and central defender Ben Godfrey, according to reports.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho and chairman Daniel Levy were busy in January, bringing in Steven Bergwijn from PSV as well as Gedson Fernandes from Benfica, while making Giovani Lo Celso’s loan move permanent.

Bergwijn made an instant impact, netting a brilliant debut goal in the win over Manchester City earlier this month.

However, a key area which Mourinho failed to address was full-back and central defence, with the Portuguese reportedly keen on sorting out his options in those areas.

Previous reports have claimed that Mourinho is not convinced by right-back Serge Aurier while Jan Vertonghen looks likely to leave North London with less than six months remaining on his contract.

According to the Daily Express, Tottenham have therefore identified Aarons and Godfrey as ideal additions at the back.

Having already been heavily linked with England Under-21 international Aarons, it is claimed that Spurs have watched Godfrey, 22, on several occasions this month.

The defender, who can also play as a defensive midfielder, has made 19 appearances in all competitions for the Canaries this term and is also said to be on the radar of Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Lyon.

 

Aarons, who has impressed in his 23 Premier League appearances so far, will cost around £30million while Godfrey is valued at closer to £50million.

Despite the high cost, the newspaper claims that Levy is prepared to back Mourinho as he looks to overhaul his defence.

Another defensive addition Tottenham have been linked with is West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson, who reports have claimed is vying to secure a move away from the Midlands.

The full-back looked set to join Crystal Palace at the end of January until the transfer was cancelled on deadline day due to concerns over a knee injury.

According to Football Insider, the 19-year-old has reacted by informing his representatives that he is itching to finally secure a transfer.

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