Spurs handed boost in pursuit of Fulham loanee Andersen

Fulham loanee Joachim Andersen is happy in London and wants to play in the Premier League next season, according to reports.

The centre-back has been one of Fulham’s best players during a campaign which has ultimately ended in relegation.

He’s caught the eye of plenty of scouts and could leave parent club Lyon in the summer.

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According to the Evening Standard, Andersen wants to play in the Prem and in Europe next term.

He’s keen to remain in England and would like Lyon to consider any offers that are made for him.

The news is a major boost to Spurs, who are thought to be leading the race for his signature.

They’ve already scheduled talks with the player’s representatives about a £20million move to north London.

The report also adds that Spurs have been tracking Andersen since his Sampdoria days and may finally act on their interest.

Interim head coach Ryan Mason, who replaced Jose Mourinho in April, has five centre-halves in his squad.

Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez are the main players to have occupied the position this season.

However, Spurs chiefs have made a new centre-back their priority for the upcoming summer transfer window.

That’s where Andersen comes in. The 24-year-old could add some stability to their defence and help them to qualify for the Champions League once again.

The Danish international has looked comfortable competing in the top flight during his first year here.

He’s made 29 league appearances so far, scoring one goal. He’s even captained Scott Parker’s team for most of the season.

Andersen isn’t the only Premier League man who looks set to be targeted this summer.

Spurs are on the search for a new manager and may look to Brighton’s Graham Potter.

The English coach has steered the Seagulls to another season in the Prem and might just be the perfect fit in north London.

However, Brighton are not keen to let their manager go.

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When asked about the speculation, club chief Graham Barber said: “We have no desire whatsoever to lose Graham.

“Graham is very happy here. We are delighted with the work he is doing, the work that the staff around Graham are doing, so as far as we are concerned, there is absolutely no way that we would allow Graham to leave at this time.

“I don’t think there is any interest on Graham’s part either, I think he is very happy with what he is doing and we are delighted with what he is doing for us.”

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