Tottenham will use the Republic of Ireland’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Poland as an opportunity to cast their eye of centre-half Kamil Glik.
The Torino captain will line up in the heart of the visiting defence aiming to prevent Martin O’Neill’s obscurely-priced 81/50 hosts lassoing the laurels at the Aviva Stadium.
According to sources in the Sun, Spurs, who are looking to bolster their backline this summer, see the imposing stopper as an ideal acquisition and based on his showings this season, this preconception appears accurate.
Glik will win Poland cap number 30 against the Irish and is savouring an excellent campaign in Serie A.
He has lined up for the lesser-lauded Turin team 22 times in the Italian top flight, with his stellar aerial prowess bringing a very impressive six goals.
Not just a threat in the air, Glik also boasts an impeccably high 90.8% pass completion rate from an average of 45.5 average passes per match.
Such strong ball-playing indicate the 27-year-old is the perfect rearguard marshal for a side looking to start their attacks from deep.
These attributes are shared with incumbent Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen.
A potential pairing of the two players would see two fundamental elements exceptional defensive partnerships must boast – physicality and experience – combined with a rare technical finesse.
Fast and athletic, Glik is also very similar to the senior centre-half in the White Hart Lane ranks in terms of defensive statistics too.
The Pole averages 1.4 tackles per match, Vertonghen weighs in with 1.7, while the ex-Ajax star’s 2.1 interceptions average is topped by the 2.4 his prospective teammate has recorded.
Glik is capable of matching the best Spurs have to offer in a statistical and physical capacity and would rate as an excellent signing, perfectly in tune with the Mauricio Pochettino centre-back template.
On the back of a strong season, Torino are sure to make a sizeable profit on the €300,000 they paid Palermo for the one-time Real Madrid stopper’s services.