Tottenham Hotspur are considering an offer for out-of-favour Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand, FootballDirectNews.com understands. A source close to White Hart Lane told FDN technical director Franco Baldini, who is in charge of player recruitment, is looking to strengthen the squad in several areas during the summer transfer window.
The club insider said England full-back Bertrand, who spent the majority of last season on loan at Aston Villa, has been earmarked as a good fit and Spurs are anxious to make more British acquisitions after signing seven players lacking Premier League experience last year.
Most of the 2013 purchases failed to impress and a more homegrown core could appear in the side for the 2014-15 campaign. Bertrand, who has three years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge, impressed in his 16 appearances for Villa, who could lack the financial clout to sign him on a permanent basis.
The 24-year-old could be tempted to fight for his place in west London if, as expected, fellow left-back Ashley Cole departs on a free transfer.
However, he will remain low down the pecking order if Chelsea snap up another established player in his position with the backing of owner Roman Abramovich’s millions.