Despite having Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama in the role, there’s a feeling Tottenham need a new defensive midfielder in the near future.

Neither Tanguy Ndombele or Moussa Sissoko fit the role, which is why the recurring claims in Germany of Spurs’ interest in Denis Zakaria make some sense.

In mid-October, it was claimed that Tottenham had ‘already expressed their interest’ in signing the Switzerland international, and Borussia Mönchengladbach were rubbing their hands at the thought of making a record sale down the line from the 22-year-old’s services.

Well, nothing has changed in the past few weeks, as Express in Germany claim Mauricio Pochettino’s side are still in the hunt for Zakaria, but they aren’t the only ones.

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The likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are all among the mix alongside Spurs, and the outlet claim, according to their own information, that all have ‘already put out feelers’ for the Swiss midfielder.

Back in October, Bild stated Max Eberl, Gladbach’s director of football, wanted to collect around €50m from Zakaria’s sale, which would eclipse the €45m they received for Granit Xhaka from the Gunners.

Tottenham probably have the money somewhere, but whether they choose to spend it in January remains to be seen. 

Perhaps next summer makes more sense.