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Tottenham given hope in pursuit of Inter Milan defender

Tottenham Hotspur target Yoto Nagatomo is reportedly in line to be sold by Inter Milan this summer.

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According to FCInterNews, the Japan international is no closer to extending his contract at the San Siro despite having little more than 12 months remaining on his present deal.

Talks have not been scheduled and he could instead find himself heading for the exit door. Spurs, who Goal.com claims are interested in the left-back, are likely to be in the queue to secure his signature and could do so for a relatively modest fee, given his contract situation.

Should the 28-year-old arrive at White Hart Lane during the next transfer window he would be up against England’s Danny Rose for a starting berth on the left of the back-four.

Nagatomo has made 13 appearances for Roberto Mancini’s team this term, picking up one yellow card and a dismissal in the process.

Spurs are likely to pad out their squad if they are to be involved in the gruelling Europa League again in the 2015-16 campaign, with chairman Daniel Levy set to put his hand in his pocket to create extra competition for places throughout the side.

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