Turkish journalist Mehmet Demirkol has claimed Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on signing Schalke 04’s defender Ozan Kabak.

Speaking at beIN Manşet, Demirkol said it’s unfair to criticise Besiktas’ youngsters after their poor display against Kayserispor this week and added they could go through the similar pattern that Kabak has had.

Kabak was a regular despite making some mistakes in the matches he played in and was linked with a move to the Premier League during his time at Galatasaray.

However, the Turkish international ended up at Stuttgart, before moving to Schalke last summer.

Demirkol then reported the player is closing on a move to José Mourinho’s side and added: “Besiktas youngsters could make some mistakes. That’s normal. They will grow up and become better players. Just look at Ozan Kabak.

He was consistently giving away penalties when he was at Galatasaray. But now, he has developed into a great centre back. And I heard that he’s on his way to Tottenham this season.”

With Jan Vertonghen on the verge of leaving Spurs, it’s likely Mourinho will be in the market for a central defender this summer and it seems the Kabak is being looked at as an option.

Kabak made 28 appearances for David Wagner’s side this season, scoring three goals.

His contract at Schalke will expire at the end of June 2024.