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Tottenham transfer news: Spurs cool interest in Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah in search for centre-back

Tottenham searching for new centre-back in January; Spurs have cooled interest in Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah amid concerns over his recent injury problems; watch Tottenham vs Aston Villa on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm; kick-off 2pm

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - OCTOBER 25: Trevoh Chalobah of Chelsea FC celebrate after the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Salzburg and Chelsea FC at Football Arena Salzburg on October 25, 2022 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Image: Tottenham have cooled their interest in Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah

Tottenham have cooled their interest in Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah amid concerns over his recent injury problems and are looking elsewhere for a new centre-back in January.

Spurs looked into signing him on Deadline Day in the summer but he was already out with a hamstring problem and two weeks away from a return.

Chalobah has since suffered another setback and is expected to be out until early January, meaning he will have spent almost six months on the sidelines.

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Bayern Munich remain interested in the 24-year-old but a move in the New Year would present a risk for both the player and a new club, making it more likely at this stage that he will stay at least for the rest of the season.

Spurs wanted to sign another new centre-back in the summer following the capture of Micky van de Ven and that desire has only intensified following the hamstring injury that will keep the Dutchman out into the New Year.

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Ange Postecoglou confirms long-term injuries to both James Maddison and Micky Van de Ven after both limped off during the defeat to Chelsea

Although there is a preference for another left-footer, it is not a deal-breaker - and the club are lining up targets that are either footed.

Bournemouth's Lloyd Kelly was another player they looked at in the summer, as was Fulham's Tosin Adarabioyo and Bayer Leverkusen star Edmond Tapsoba.

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Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou is also looking to strengthen in central midfield and is on the lookout for another forward, but there are still players at the club that need to make way including Eric Dier, Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg and Hugo Lloris.

Fourth-placed Tottenham return from the international break with a home game against fifth-placed Aston Villa on Sunday, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 2pm.

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