Lloyd Kelly, a defender for Bournemouth, is still being linked to Tottenham, but they might have to wait until the summer to sign him.
Spurs’ persistent pursuit of a center-back is confirmed by reports from The Times.
They made an attempt to sign him during the summer and even placed a bid, but it was not successful.
Kelly’s contract was scheduled to expire in the summer, so the Spurs were hoping to sign him before then in January.
While Bournemouth may be reluctant to sell Kelly in January, the report suggests that they have previously demonstrated a willingness to allow players to depart as free agents. This means Spurs may be able to sign Kelly on a free transfer during the next summer transfer window.
But Tottenham needs defensive reinforcements badly, especially given their recent string of injuries.
Spurs are in a defensive bind due to the suspension of Cristian Romero after the same game, as well as the absence of Micky van de Ven, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury against Chelsea.
Manager Ange Postecoglou has had difficult decisions to make because there is only one recognized center-back on the field: Eric Dier. As a result, he has had to use right-back Emerson Royal in central defense against Villa.
In order to keep stability in the squad, the manager is eager to strengthen the defensive lineup, which is highlighted by the dearth of options at center back.
The club’s prospects for the remainder of the season may be harmed if defensive reinforcements are not secured in January.