Tottenham In Transfer Hunt For La Liga Defender

White Hart Lane looking for new full back for Champions League push

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Tottenham are leading the race to sign goalscoring right-back Andoni Iraola, according to reports in Spain.

The Athletic Bilbao defender is considered one of the best attacking defenders on the continent and has hit 30 goals and countless assists in the last seven seasons.

And reports in Bilbao have claimed Spurs are hot on his heels despite his hefty £25m release clause.

But with Iraola out of contract in 2012, Bilbao’s asking price is likely to be around half of that figure, and Spurs could be tempted to enquire in January.

(Talk Sport)

Iraola is 28 years old and would certainly add some steel and experience to the Spurs back four though the £25m price tag is laughable. Realease clauses are rare;y exploited and if a deal is to be done the Basque defender would realistically move for around half the figure quoted.

The full back positions have been a potential weak link for Tottenham in an otherwise impressive squad. Rumours have suggested Glen Johnson but his failure to learn how to actually defend properly makes Iraola a far better option fro Harry Redknapp.

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