Real Madrid target Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld

European Champions Real Madrid are targeting a move for Tottenham and Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld after being alerted to his contract stand-off at the club.

Toby Alderweireld
Toby Alderweireld has recently come back from a long-term injury

English publication the Daily Mirror are claiming that Real are planning a shock move for Alderweireld the former Atletico defender who is currently in a contract stand-off with Spurs.

The Belgian international centre-back current contract with Spurs includes a bargain £25m buyout clause, something the Tottenham board want to increase by offering the player an extended deal. However, the player and his agent have shown no interest in signing the new deal.

Alderwiereld, who has only just recovered from a long-term hamstring injury was left out of the squad which travelled to face Juventus in the first-leg 2nd round Champions League qualifier in Turin. The player claimed he was fully fit for the tie, but was still left out.

This season has seen a flourishing partnership between Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen in the centre of Spurs defence. Tottenham started with a new three-man formation in the centre of defence in the early part of the season to accommodate all three centre-backs this term, however, after Alderweireld’s hamstring injury Pochettino has settled back to two centre-backs in the middle.

The £25m buyout clause only comes into effect at the end of next season, but Spurs will be looking to resolve the contract situation before then, or sell the player for a higher price in todays inflated transfer market.

Manchester United, have also been credited with an interest for the 28-year-old centre-back, but a potential return to Madrid where Alderweireld spent a season with city rivals Atletico may tempt the player to move back to the Spanish capital.