Tottenham Hotspur reportedly have their eye on making a transfer move for Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie.
The centre-back joined Leverkusen back in the 2021 summer transfer window from Argentina club CA Talleres.
Since then, the Ecuadorian has made 51 appearances for the German club across all competitions, chipping in with three goals along the way.
The recent World Cup in Qatar saw Hincapie start all three of Ecuador’s games and end the tournament with his country’s joint-highest number of tackles per game (2.3).
Following his efforts in the World Cup, the centre-back has once again caught the attention of Antonio Conte’s side for a potential transfer move after they were reportedly told in the summer that it would cost £34m to sign him.
In a recent post on Sky Sports’ live transfer blog, journalist Dharmesh Sheth revealed the latest on the matter.
He said: “Tottenham are looking at the player that Chelsea also looked at before they pursued Benoit Badiashile, and that is the Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie.
“He’s an Ecuador international, 20-years-old. Played in all of Ecuador’s group games during the World Cup. Napoli are also keen.
“The priority positions at Tottenham are also a forward and a wing-back.”
Interestingly, it has been reported elsewhere that Antonio Conte has personally requested that Spurs sign the defender.
As well as in Qatar, Hincapie, who has previously been described as a ‘colossal’ defender, has shown at club level just how much of a capable defender he is.
Do Spurs need to sign a defender this month?
For example, with 13 Bundesliga appearances under his belt this season, the youngster has made more blocks (22) than any other player at Leverkusen, as well as having the third-highest number of clearances (32) and successful tackles (13) at the club.
Bearing in mind how Spurs have only been able to keep four clean sheets in the Premier League this season, adding a new defender such as Hincapie to their squad this month would perhaps be a smart move for the club.
Moving forward, even though the Leverkusen defender still has some years left on his current contract, Spurs should definitely make an approach to the club to see if they would be willing to negotiate a deal that would see Hincapie make a move to north London this month.