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Spurs battle Liverpool for £40M Lille defender Sven Botman

Tottenham will challenge Liverpool for Lille defender Sven Botman this summer.

France Football says Spurs are hoping to convince the £40million-rated defender to head to north London.

After shining in Ligue 1 in the heart of Lille's defence, Botman has also attracted interest from reigning Premier League champions Liverpool and current Serie A leaders Inter Milan.

There had previously been suggestions that Tottenham had already convinced the Dutchman and his representatives to make the move to London but this is not the case.

And Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho knows he will face a difficult task to prise Botman away from France with European giants Liverpool and Inter also in hot pursuit.

Jurgen Klopp's side were reportedly interested in the 21-year-old during the January transfer window as they looked to solve their injury crisis at the back but instead Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were signed.

Botman has emerged as one of the most promising centre-backs in Europe at Lille after previously spending 11 years with Ajax.

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