Tottenham are expected to step up their interest in Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor.

The Guardian says Spurs have been following Taylor and are ready to make their own offer if they believe he is available.

Taylor is young, English and a class act, ticking all the boxes required to be filled by most of Spurs' signings.

And with doubts refusing to die down about the long term health of Ledley King, he would be a perfect addition to a defensive unit which currently features exciting youngsters Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul.