Unless Toby Alderweireld decides to ignore all offers from other clubs (he has that awkward £25m release clause in his contract), Tottenham will be in need of a defender this summer.

The main target, according to the Italian press since the start of the season, has been Joachim Andersen, currently contracted to Sampdoria.

However, should they fail in their attempts to sign the Danish defender, they have an alternative plan, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

The man in question is Lazio’s Luiz Felipe.

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The 22-year-old Brazilian (he has an Italian passport, so no work permit issues (we’re ignoring Brexit for now)) has been a rotation option for the Serie A side this season, making just 13 league appearances, yet Spurs have taken an interest in him.

TuttoMercatoWeb claim Luiz Felipe has been watched ‘on more than one occasion’, and they expect one of either him or Andersen to ‘probably come to reinforce the defensive package’.

They seem to think the Brazilian will be the ‘easier’ to get, believed to be valued by Claudio Lotito, Lazio’s owner, at around €20m.

Tottenham still need to pay up, however, and until that happens, this will remain pure speculation.