According to Ryan Taylor, Tottenham Hotspur have held talks over a possible move for the Colombian defender, Piero Hincapie.
With the Premier League club having shipped 31 goals in just 21 games this season, it is clear that their backline needs some reinforcement.
Tottenham have only signed Arnaut Danjuma on loan so far, while they are also reportedly close to finalising a loan deal for Sporting right winger Pedro Porro.
And Spurs are also attempting to sign a centre-back, with the report indicating their interest in a deadline-day move for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Piero Hincapie.
According to Football Insider, Tottenham are in talks to sign Hincapie in a ‘deadline-busting deal,’ and Taylor believes a move before the January transfer window closes is possible.
Taylor claimed to GiveMeSport that Tottenham have already held talks with the centre-back’s representatives and that they could look to sign him this month if the right circumstances arise.
“There’s been a lot of dialogue with his representatives over a deal, they’re trying to sort of lay the groundwork for a summer move. But if Spurs feel like they can get him this month for an affordable price, I don’t see why they wouldn’t.”
Many Spurs fans would be thrilled if their club could secure the defender’s services on deadline day, especially since the team has not been very active in the transfer market this month.
The Colombian defender valued at £80m would bring much-needed improvement to the backline and give manager Antonio Conte another option in defence.
However, caution must be exercised as the player is considered “raw” and would need to be given regular starts, as stated by Kevin Hatchard on Sky Sports.
If Conte and Tottenham cannot guarantee Hincapie regular playing time, it would be best to wait until the summer, when Clement Lenglet’s contract expires.
Hincapie is a young and talented player who has been attracting attention from clubs in Europe.
However, he is still in the early stages of his development and would need to be given the opportunity to grow and mature as a player.
If Tottenham do manage to sign him, Conte will need to provide him with a steady stream of playing time so that he can reach his full potential.