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Tottenham Make £13m Bid for Defensive Hot Prospect: Serie A Centre Back Simon Kjaer Targeted

White Hart Lane outfit close in on Danish youngster.

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Netherland's Wesley Sneijder grabs the jersey of Denmark's Simon Kjaer (3) after he was tacked during their 2010 World Cup Group E soccer match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 14, 2010. Kjaer was given a yellow card for that incident.  REUTERS/Michael Kooren (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Tottenham are trying to push through a £13million deal for Palermo centre-back Simon Kjaer .

Danish centre-back Kjaer enjoyed two outstanding seasons at Palermo, helping them to finish fifth in Serie A last season, narrowly missing out on Champions League football. He is a player in demand and earlier this week, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini said that he is prepared to sell the 21-year-old.
Zamparini said, “I must find a replacement. Kjaer’s valuation is between €15m and €20m,

“I know of talks with the two Manchester clubs, Tottenham and Wolfsburg. Inter have not called me so I don’t know if they’re interested,”

Now Italian website Datasport reports that Tottenham are pushing for final talks on a deal worth £13million. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will be looking to strengthen his squad ahead of a maiden Champions League campaign. Kjaer is highly-rated as one of Europe’s most promising defenders and his arrival at White Hart Lane would be a major statement of intent from Redknapp.

Kjaer is currently on World Cup duty but is suspended for today’s crunch game between Denmark and Japan. (IMScouting)

Given the omnipresent injury concerns over Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate it is probably very wise for Harry Redknapp to plan for the long term and if he can nab Palermo giant Simon Kjaer then he will have done well given that the Dane is high up on many other club’s transfer wish-list.

The 21 year old has been outstanding for the past two years in Serie A but seems keen on leaving the Sicilian side and his agent has been touting his clients services all over the shop. Clearly having Champions League football to offer will help the White Hart Lane snap up targets that may have been reticent about a move to the north London club.

In today’s inflated market if Redknapp can secure the deal for £13m then he will have pulled off something of a bargain and it could be that the Italian side looks to net more for their prized asset so perhaps the deal may take a while to finally clinch.


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