Tottenham transfers: Spurs closing in on Vlad Chiriches, says agent
Tottenham transfers: Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches is close to a move to Spurs, according to the Romanian's agent
Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches, according to the Romania international’s agent.
The north London side are believed to be keen on the centre-half after Andre Villas-Boas sold England defender Steven Caulker to Cardiff City.
With Belgian centre-half Jan Vertonghen currently injured, the Spurs boss is desperate to strengthen his defensive options ahead of the new season.
And Chiriches’ agent revealed Tottenham have offered £7m, which is £1.7m more than their rivals Roma are willing to pay for the eastern European.
“[Roma] have not raised their offer of £5.7m. Tottenham, however, are now up to £7m and have taken the player,” said Chiriches’ agent.
“It is at 99 per cent certain – it only lacks the signature of the boy, who will arrive soon.”
On Tuesday, Romania manager Victor Piturca insisted Chiriches would thrive in the Premier League.
“We have had many examples of players who have failed to establish themselves and have lost their place in the national team.
“It will not be easy, even if he is extremely good. I am sure he will be able to but it will not be easy because opponents in England are extremely good and must perform very well from game to game. His quality is tremendous.
“I want him to play well and bring that to the national team – we need to get good results this autumn to qualify for the World Cup.”