​Tottenham Hotspur and Watford are locking horns in the pursuit of Internazionale's Colombian centre-back Jeison Murillo.

According to Football Italia, both sides are interested in the defender, but it is the north London title challengers who currently lead the chase. 

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Murillo has played 26 Serie A games for Inter this season, but has been part of a disappointing campaign for the Milan-based side, who currently sit 8th in Serie A with no hope of European football next season.

Inter were subject to a Chinese takeover last summer and the owners have promised a substantial investment in the squad this summer, meaning that Murillo could became surplus to requirements.

This news has alerted both Spurs and Watford who are in the market for a centre back, but for differing reasons.


Spurs are in need of a centre back if they wish to play a three man defence on a regular basis next season

Eric Dier has openly said he prefers to play in midfield, while Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer looks to be out of favour with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino currently, having only played five times in the league this season.

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Watford, on the other hand, will be looking to revamp their ageing defence. Of their current centre-back quartet of Sebastian Prodl, Younes Kaboul, Miguel Britos and Craig Cathcart; Cathcart is the youngest at 28.

Bringing in 24-year-old Murillo would offer Watford pace at the back which they sorely missed this past season.


It is believed that Spurs are leading the race for the Colombia international, with the prospect of Champions League football, higher wages and a new stadium in the works being too good an opportunity to turn down.

However, Giampaolo Pozzo, owner of Watford FC, has been involved at two of Murillo's previous clubs (Udinese and Granada) and a possible personal relationship could be enough to convince the defender of a move to Hertfordshire rather than north London.