Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a move to sign Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar in the ongoing transfer window.
A Daily Mirror report states that the Netherlands international has emerged as a target as Mauricio Pochettino is looking to strengthen his defence. The north London club are ready to offer cash and midfielder Lewis Holtby in exchange for the centre-back.
The 29-year-old is being sought as a direct replacement for Michael Dawson, who is believed to be heading for the exit of White Hart Lane. The Tottenham skipper is a target for Hull City but the Tigers manager has revealed that the deal is currently deadlocked.
Apart from missing a penalty in the semi-finals against Argentina, Vlaar came under the spotlight following his resilient performances for Louis van Gaal's Netherlands in the World Cup in Brazil.
Southampton too have shown their interest in the former Feyenoord star as a replacement for Dejan Lovren. The Croatian international is reportedly nearing a move to Liverpool and the Saints manager Ronald Koeman has hinted that Vlaar is on his summer wish list.
"Ron would definitely be an option. But I think he won't be cheap right now. Let's just wait and see," the 51-year-old Dutchman said.
But the Mirror report suggests that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is confident of ousting the south coast club for Vlaar, who has less than one year remaining on his contract.
However, the Villans's manager Paul Lambert is not keen on losing one of his key players and has stated that the centre back is not for sale.
"Ron is not only an Aston Villa player, he is our captain. He has one year remaining on his contract and he is staying here. We will be talking with him in due course about extending his deal and we are confident those talks will be positive," Lambert explained.
"Ron has always said that he is really happy here and has done nothing to suggest anything has changed. None of this speculation is coming from him, or anyone connected with him. We aren't selling. It is as simple as that," the former Norwich City boss concluded.