Ben Davies
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Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a surprise move to sign Swansea City left-back Ben David, according to the Mirror.

The 21-year-old came up through the ranks of the Welsh club's youth system, before breaking into the first team under the guidance of their former manager Michael Laudrup in 2012.

Davies has been a regular inclusion in Swansea's back four and during the 2013-14 season, the Wales international made 34 appearances in the league, scoring two goals.

The report claims Davies's form has made the north London club's new boss Mauricio Pochettino his fan. The Argentine manager left Southampton and agreed to be Tim Sherwood's successor at White Hart Lane after signing a five-year deal.

Spurs have the services of Danny Rose as their first choice left-back in the squad. The Mirror suggests Pochettino does not rate the 23-year-old highly and wants to bring in a player to compete with him for a place in the first team.

The north London side are ready to pay £8m to Swansea in order to let Davies leave Liberty Stadium. The Welsh club's manager Gary Monk is keen to retain the left-back beyond the summer transfer window.

However, the report says the fee Spurs are ready to offer for Davies would be hard to turn down for Swansea. Monk is ready to let the Welsh defender leave the club and then raise funds from the sale of the academy graduate in order to bring new players this summer.

Davies's club form has seen him being named Swansea's Young Player of the Year for two years in a row. His brilliant run in the Premier League has also earned him a place in the Wales national squad as he made his debut for the senior team in 2012.

The left-back's contract at the Liberty Stadium runs out in 2016 and a fee of £8m from Spurs would tempt Swansea to allow Davies to make a switch to White Hart Lane.