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Tottenham fear Chelsea hijack as they step up defender transfer pursuit



Tottenham reportedly fear Chelsea could hijack their transfer pursuit of Beijing Guoan centre-back Kim Min-jae.

The 24-year-old has caught the eye in recent times and the Daily Mirror now link him as a target for both Spurs and Chelsea, with the latter possibly set to join the running and sparking their London rivals into action.

Kim is a six foot three central defender and a South Korea international, and could undoubtedly be a useful option for both these teams to give them a boost in the second half of this season.

Tottenham initially looked like they could be strong title contenders, but their recent form has taken a hit, and a signing like Kim could be a solid replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who has been missed since his departure in the summer.

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Chelsea, meanwhile, have also seen their form fall away in recent times, and Kim could be an upgrade on the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

The Blues also need a more long-term option than veteran Brazilian defender Thiago Silva, who surely doesn’t have that much longer at the highest level.

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