Tottenham Hotspur is reportedly on the lookout to strengthen their defensive lineup in the upcoming January transfer window. According to sources at TEAMtalk, Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou is eyeing a move to bring in Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly to N17.
The outlet suggests that Postecoglou is particularly keen on securing the services of the talented defender as part of his strategy to enhance the team’s defensive capabilities. The report indicates that the Tottenham boss is eager to add more quality options to his defensive lineup.
While Tottenham currently boasts a formidable first-choice center-back pairing in Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven, recent events just before the international break highlighted a potential lack of depth beyond these two key players. In light of this, Lloyd Kelly emerges as a strong candidate for Spurs for several reasons.
Valued at £13 million, Kelly brings both talent and experience to the table, being in his prime and possessing considerable Premier League experience. The Bournemouth defender was previously praised by Eddie Howe during his time at Newcastle United, with Howe describing Kelly as a footballer who has “got everything he needs to be a top, top player.”
One notable aspect of Kelly’s game is his impressive speed. According to Squawka, he ranked among the fastest center-backs in the Premier League last season, reaching a top speed of 35.42 km/h. This speed is comparable to that of Spurs star Micky van de Ven, who, as reported by The Mirror, recorded a top speed of 35.5 km/h in the current Premier League season.
Adding to the appeal, Kelly’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season. If he decides not to renew, Bournemouth might be open to selling him in January to recoup some funds. Alternatively, if Spurs can wait until the summer, they might secure a valuable addition to their squad for free, representing a potential bargain for such a skilled player.
While Tottenham may feel optimistic about their chances of signing Kelly next year, the competition for his signature is expected to be fierce, with several top clubs also expressing interest in the defender. Securing Kelly’s services would undoubtedly bolster Tottenham’s defensive options and contribute to their ambitions in the upcoming season.