Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with several defenders in recent weeks and Koki Machida is reportedly a name on their radar.
The Union SG defender has done quite well in Belgium and his performances have attracted the attention of Tottenham.
However, the Union SG manager Alexander Blessin is not concerned with the defender’s links with Spurs. He has revealed that links with the big clubs mean that the player and Union SG are on the right track.
“When there is talk about transfers, I think it is more about next season,” he said (h/t Voetbal Nieuws).
“The Mercato is open, those players deserve their national selections and if they perform well there, we know how things can go in football.
“If big clubs are interested in my players, then that is no problem for me. That just means that we are doing a good job here. I have no fear that a player would leave.”
It will be interesting to see if Spurs and follow up on their interest in the Japanese defender with an offer to sign him.
They have recently signed Radu Dragusin from Italian club Genoa and it seems unlikely that they will pursue another central defender this month.
Machida has done well in Belgium and there is no doubt that he could be a useful squad player for Tottenham. It remains to be seen whether Tottenham postpone a move for him until the summer transfer window.
It is no secret that they need to add more depth to their defensive unit. They are lacking in quality central defenders and Eric Dier has now completed his move to Bayern Munich. Apart from new signing Dragusin, Tottenham have Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven as the only reliable central defenders at the club.
Ideally, they should look to bring in another central defender in the near future and Machida could prove to be a useful acquisition.
The 26-year-old Japanese defender will be attracted to the idea of playing in the Premier League and a move to Tottenham would be a major step up in his career.