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Tottenham open talks over £44m World Cup winner as they prepare to lose star player to Manchester United

Tottenham have reportedly made contact over the potential transfer of Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard as they anticipate losing Toby Alderweireld this summer.

A report from TEAMtalk claims Spurs have made a £44million approach for the French World Cup winner, who shone at right-back for Didier Deschamps champions this summer, though he more regularly plays as a centre-back for his club.

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The youngster could then be an ideal replacement for Alderweireld as TEAMtalk suggest Tottenham expect him to leave before the end of the summer, with a move to Manchester United described as ‘a strong possibility’.

This follows Yahoo Sport‘s claim a few days ago that United were expected to re-open talks over signing Alderweireld after interest earlier in the summer.

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Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United transfer still looking likely

While the Belgium international has been a rock for Spurs in recent times, Pavard could be an ideal long-term replacement at the back, and possibly available for a reasonable price.

£44m won’t seem like too much for such a highly-rated young talent, and as TEAMtalk note, he will have a release clause of just £30.9m that comes into effect in 2019.

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Benjamin Pavard shone for France as they won the World Cup

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This means Stuttgart could do well to cash in on him for slightly higher now, though they are unlikely to be able to charge a huge amount more as clubs may just wait another year to try snapping him up on the cheap.

Tottenham have a good recent record of developing and improving young players under Mauricio Pochettino, so the prospect of Pavard making his way to north London is a very exciting one indeed.

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