Ange Postecoglou ‘hopeful’ over Tottenham January signing after Cristian Romero injury

Ange Postecoglou is ‘hopeful’ that Tottenham will sign a new centre-half early in January after Cristian Romero was ruled out for up to five weeks.

Tottenham return to action on Thursday evening without Romero vs Brighton and will move up to 3rd if they beat the Seagulls. Back Tottenham to finish in the top-four at 1/1 with bet365.

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Postecoglou on January signing

Romero will be sidelined until near the end of next month with a hamstring strain suffered in Saturday’s win over Everton.

Now, Tottenham have made a new centre-half the priority in the winter transfer window, and even before the loss of Romero, Postecoglou had called for the club to do their business early in the month.

Asked if there was a realistic possibility of signing a defender early next month, Postecoglou said: “I don’t know because there’s just so many moving parts.

“Obviously if we can do business early it’s great for us. Not just because of losing Romero but there’s a whole month there - why waste it?

“If you can bring them in early, even if they don’t play you can bed them into training and our style of football because it’s not like we’re going to sign somebody and they’ll hit the ground running. Maybe they could.

“Whereas if you leave it towards the end of January, it’s potentially not until mid to end of February when they get up to speed, depending where they’re coming from, the league they’re coming from.

“So yes, I’d love to do something early in the window but even me saying that puts a challenge on us, because other clubs know we want to do something early.

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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