Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho tipped to raid Premier League rivals in surprise £30m deal
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has been tipped to sign Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings by former spurs striker Darren Bent. Spurs are expected to make additions before the start of next season.
Tottenham are hoping to beat Everton to Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Mourinho could also move for a new centre-back, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen’s long-term futures up in the air.
And Bent has backed Tottenham to land Mings, 27, this summer.
Bent told Football Insider: “Toby Alderweireld is a massive player for them and if they can keep him fit, great.
“The toughy with Spurs is – and this is where the difficulty is going to come with this team – where can they go and strengthen and where are they going to find that player?
“For them, I thought well you need defenders, I thought what about Tyrone Mings going from Aston Villa to Spurs?
“£30million, natural left-sided player, he’s got a little bit of pace about him as well and so that could work. I’d be surprised if they’re not in the market for him.”
Should Tottenham sign Mings, he would likely by a replacement for Alderweireld or Vertonghen.
The Spurs duo, who are now 31 and 33 respectively, are heading into the twilight of their career in north London.
Mings has impressed for Villa this season, with the England international starting 32 Premier League games for the Midlands side.
Should Villa go down this season, Dean Smith could be forced to sell the centre-half.
That could see Spurs end up landing the defender in a cut-price deal.
However, it’s understood they would face competition from Everton for Mings.
The Toffees are big admirers of the former Bournemouth ace.
Mings could slot in alongside Michael Keane in Carlo Ancelotti’s back four at Goodison Park.
Mings and Villa are back in action on Sunday afternoon in the final day of the Premier League season.
If Villa better Watford’s result at Arsenal and Bournemouth’s result at Everton, Mings and co will stay up.
Tottenham, meanwhile, host Crystal Palace on Sunday.