​Tottenham have been linked with yet another left-back to replace wantaway Danny Rose, with reports from Portugal claiming that Benfica's Alex Grimaldo is next on the wish list.


Portuguese publication Jornal de Noticias (via ​talkSPORT) claim that Grimaldo intends to leave Benfica in the New Year and is currently being monitored by Spurs, ​Atletico Madrid and ​Napoli.


Grimaldo joined the Portuguese giants from ​Barcelona last season, having failed to make a single senior appearance for the side, despite being the youngest player to ever feature for the B team at 15.

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Now at 22-years-old the Spanish Under-21 international has made 43 appearances for Benfica, notably featuring in both matches against ​Manchester United in the Champions League group stages.


With Rose likely to make the switch to Old Trafford when the window recommences, Spurs are poised to test the waters with a €20m offer - a fee that reportedly puts Napoli out of the running for the player's signature.


The Partenopei are looking to add reinforcements to the left full-back position, after Faouzi Ghoulam sustained a cruciate ligament injury. Their first choice was former Sassuolo defender Sime Vrsaljko, but Madrid are unlikely to sell according to club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

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Grimaldo has won two Primeira Liga titles thus far in his short career, having made a name for himself as a lethal attacking fullback, assisting eight goals since arriving at the Estadio da Luz. 


Mauricio Pochettino admires the defenders qualities and plans to deploy him at left wing-back should the January swoop prove fruitful.

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