German is Spurs contingency plan.
Tottenham Hotspur will turn to Stuttgart centre-half Serdar Tasci if their move for Jan Vertonghen collapses.
The north London club have been on the verge of completing a deal for Ajax skipper Vertonghen for the past month but the move has hit a snag, with the Dutch club refusing to agree to payments that Vertonghen believes he is entitled to.
The 26-year-old has now confirmed he is resigned to staying in Holland for the immediate future and Spurs have turned their attentions to Tasci.
The stopper, who is of Turkish descent, was identified by Spurs chief scout Ian Bloomfield last summer and was a target for former boss Harry Redknapp.
Redknapp has now left the club – with Andre Villas-Boas expected to be confirmed as his successor today – but Bloomfield remains and has advised Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to rekindle his interest in Tasci who is valued at around £15 million.
The 25-year-old has been with Stuttgart his entire career, making 181 appearances for the German club’s first team, claiming the bundesliga title in 2006/7 season and building a reputation as one of the most talented stoppers in the country.
He helped Germany to reach the 2010 World Cup semi-final but was not included in the squad that reached the same stage of Euro 2012 after an injury plagued two seasons.
Spurs are set to face competition for Tasci’s signature, however, with Spanish giants Barcelona also said to be interested.